I found this house while going on a special drive a couple of weeks ago for the first anniversary of my father’s death. I wanted to do something meaningful to celebrate our relationship together. I took the smaller urn I keep on my bedside table and I went for a long drive.
I listened to music he would have liked and songs that reminded me of him as the first rays of sunlight swept over the hills behind me.
I stopped often, shooting pictures of the sunrise through the trees, while the raspy voices wailed from my speakers.
Turkeys hustled across the road through the dust my tires kicked up.
A splintered house of boarded windows and jagged glass sat empty and forlorn on the side of a busy road.
I felt like it was placed in my path or I in its path, and I wondered how many people rushed by it every day on their way to work without giving it a single thought.
“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.”
I returned home with a sense of peace. I know my father isn’t gone, not really, which makes me wonder who still lingers to keep watch over this old house?
When I look at the photographs of this house I will think of my dad. I’ll remember the good times.
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten & Decayed. She is also the owner and founder of Family Fusion Community, an online community and resource for divorced and remarried parents, step-parents, same-sex parents, adopting parents, and all other non-traditional parents. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, www.bigblendedfamily.com, and Her View From Home. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and, LinkedIn.