“Everything you remember in your mind is gone,” my husband said to me. That drive down Harmony Rd. was always one of my very favorites. If I had been out at the Freehold Mall or someplace north of Lakewood, I always took the turnoff onto Jackson Mills Rd, then a left onto Harmony, just before Route 195. Pretty homes, big and small, older and new, sit all along the way; there is a little white church with a graveyard on the left there, too. I recall a property that had acreage on the right as you went around the curve in the road; then you headed for my favorite part of all.
As you drew to the stop sign, all was quiet. The houses faded away on right and left, and as you looked across the street all you saw was a field of corn. Tall and green, with a bank of tall, green trees way out behind the field. County Line Road ran to the right and left, and you had to make a left, then a quick right to get on Cooks Bridge Rd, which takes you eventually to Hope Road on the outskirts of Lakewood. Right there, it was rural, green, woodsy, and quiet.
It was that quiet spot in the middle of seemingly nowhere that I loved most of all. That field which year after year had something growing in it. Large and alive with nature.
It. Was. Just. So. Pretty.
Now, Cooks Bridge Rd. runs straight across where the field used to be; to its right is a HUGE shopping center! Supermarket, and I don’t know what else, because I wouldn’t look.
One of my favorite spots, all gone. ;(
“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” William Gibson
But, my husband is right; what you have in your mind, is long gone. What you think is there is not there anymore. Lots of things still are; but the longer you live in a place the more you see “progress”. The more the old comes down, and the NEW goes up.
We were driving back from Millstone Twp. and ended up taking a wrong turn so we drove down Rt. 9 and picked up Jackson Mills Rd, once again. I don’t know what I expected to see, but not that. It was SO disappointing.
Is what you knit lasting, after all?
Well, my knitting, for one thing.
I look around at pictures from long ago and there’s that afghan I made. But wait! I still have that afghan. And it’s lots of other items too, all still looking good, keeping us warm and comfy, still usable and with a purpose. Best of all,
THEY’VE NEVER CHANGED!
Like this blue-and-white beauty I knit when we were innkeepers in New Hampshire. I knit an afghan for all TEN of our guest rooms, and when it came time to move I had to have this one. It was so pretty, and still is!
Of course, YARNS are my favorite thing about knitting! There are so many types, fibers, and colors! You can get lost in a yarn shop, trust me! My preferences are soft acrylic, cotton and any specialty yarn that catches my eye.
My knitting isn’t just in my home, either. I’ve given wedding gifts, birthday gifts, just-because gifts, and will continue to do that. I just gave my daughter that bright yellow “Your Call Cowl” that my Scooter is modeling! LOVE the pattern and the color is perfect!
You can find the pattern right here!
When you knit, you have something for all your efforts. All those hours, those nights or weekends, aren’t spent in vain; there is always something coming off those knitting needles! When you are done, they will be here for years to come.
You can keep them, you can give them away, you can leave them somewhere, but your knitting will be one of those things which will not change with the passing years. You can pass by it again and again, and there it will be, just like yesterday.
There’s a comfort in that.
Knit. To make a lasting impression.
“Homekeeping Inspirations For Knitting Your Best Life!”