One of the "boys" was the brother of one of the girl cousins that kept V and me in stitches. We would always spend at least one night at her house, just giggling uncontrollably. That's probably why we didn't know her brother so well, because he had to get out of the house to keep his sanity!
This cousin, Darrell, invited all 4 of us to stay at his house while we were in Monti. They live out in the country in a beautiful 101-year-old house that they have spent years restoring and improving. It was a very peaceful, lovely spot to land for several nights while we went on with our trip down memory lane.
That evening V and I rushed over to visit more friends down the road about 30 miles. On the way back that evening, I shot a picture of the place Dad worked when he was going to college and keeping up a family of 3 kids and a wife! It hasn't changed much in all those years - amazing.
That afternoon, V and I had to go to the park on the river, which is next to the house my Grandma S lived in after she had to leave the farm (which now houses a Super Wal-Mart and other stores), and before she had to go to the nursing home. The park has been upgraded, and we took pictures of the flowers that now live where she used to. She would have loved it.
I was sad at how much the old town has changed. It was like Mayberry to us. I know progress has to happen, but it is hard to take when it happens in such massive amounts to a place with such fond memories. I can only imagine what people think when they come here to my town and see what "progress" has done to it.
It was an amazing 4 days. I am so blessed to have been able to do this before it's too late.