Recently, I celebrated the holiday with one of my best friends, Truman. While I’ve written about Truman before in the past, this was the first time I had ever seen home he grew up in. Because of this, along with a trip I’m taking this weekend to see my family, made me want to reflect on the place who helped shape me into who I am.
Allow me to set the scene for you: I grew up in a fairly rural area, quite similar to down here. The road that leads to the family property is the border between Delaware and Blackford Counties. When you turn onto the driveway, which is entirely gravel so you have to go slow, it’s easy to admire the view while taking the half mile back. Fields stretch on both sides, and you pass several other properties along the way and trees line one side, leaving you in several cool spots during the hot months. It’s even better during the late fall, with all of the colors being a light brown, orange or red. Pulling onto this driveway is always one of my favorite parts of the drive, as it lets me know I have returned home.
You know you have reached the Christman residence after passing a simple white post (which is a family landmark, as it always marked where our property line was) and a hill next to each other, you see the house and the surrounding fields. I always preferred it when the beans were planted, as you could still see everything on the property. Again, the fall is the best time to be there, as you can sit on the front porch and just relax, watching the wind blowing leaves from the trees in the front yard.
There is a solid amount of land on the property as well, which was utilized when myself and my brothers were younger between fishing and riding a variety of ATVs and dirt bikes, as well as snowmobiles in the winter.
Other than being with family, the best part of going home is just how quiet it is there. A lot of the time I’m home, I sleep better than I do anywhere else, my own bed included. If I am need of a mental recharge, home is the best place to do it.
With all of that being said, I am really looking forward to spending some time with my family again. And with that, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Andrew is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-847-4487.