This is where I grew up. Isn’t it beautiful? This past weekend, my four siblings and I invited our childhood friends back to our farm to celebrate our memories we made there. There were over 60 people that came and the guests of honor were our parents, Rosalie and Oliver Smith, who bought the farm and created an idyllic setting in which to grow up there over 50 years ago.
My sister Cyndy says that having my mother click off the TV and force us to “go outside and play” caused us to all have creative minds....we wandered over the farm, imagining all kinds of things, with no electronic devices in our hands, just nature all around and our overly stimulated imaginations.
It’s a special time when we can come together with friends from our past...those who helped us become who we are today. Back in those days, with those friends, we opened ourselves completely with each other. It’s what causes one to say, “we picked up with each other just like it was yesterday that we last saw each other....”
What’s important in our lives? Of course, it’s the relationships. And relationships take commitment and time and effort to stay connected. I’m grateful today for my three brothers, Brad, Oliver, and Leidy, and my sister Cyndy and all the friends we have worked to stay connected with...thanks for joining our celebration of our childhood memories on the farm!
Warmest regards to you, my special friend,
PS - Photos: (top to bottom)
- View across the pond to the back of the house where I grew up. The Barn is not shown but off to the right.
- In our family order, left to right, Susan, Brad, Cyndy, Oliver, Leidy and my father, Oliver, and mother Rosalie, in front.
- My two closest friends growing up, Donna Rothenberger Quigley, Owner of Merrymead Farm, and Vicky Arena Salvo, Owner of Victoria Leather.
- My nephew Riley reels in a recordbreaking-sized fish from the pond! (yes, it got thrown back in!)
- Family Friends: Andy Prescott, Ted Berger, Keith Bennett, Mark Berger, and Jim Krauss.