Sunday, September 13, 2009

This May Explain Some Things

I live in Indiana now, and I love it here, but I am not a native Hoosier.

I'm from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, home of the Aqua Silo.

(The locals call it "P. Hill" - There are a lot of farmers in P. Hill and they can't be bothered with unnecessary syllables. And, like any good townspeople would do, we follow suit.)

This statue is smack dab in the middle of town. The town itself is one mile by one mile long. For most of my growing up years, it was a one stoplight town, but I think there may be two now.

This quaint, irksome statue has been the catalyst of many a fender bender, over the years. And in the ultimate, much-buzzed-about act of defiance, someone painted his face blue when I was in high school. Rumor had it that my brother may or may not have been involved, but nothing was ever substantiated. Plus, my brother would not have done something like that. Nope. He was too busy jumping into the river from the Penny Rd. bridge.

I'm much enamored of these quilt murals. I would love to have one on my barn someday, and I think my Amish kin would be tickled pink.

And I, too, would hang a light overhead and plant a wheelbarrow beneath.

Sugar Haven Farm.

Would it be wrong to plagiarize the name of a farm? Is it illegal to carry a farm name across state lines?

As I wandered around my old stomping grounds, I was at peace. I realized that I took all of this for granted, when I was younger. I wasn't one who dreamed of escaping my small-town existence, but I had no idea that the country way of life had taken root so deeply within me.

I had no inkling, back then, that I would ever swerve to the side of a lonely road just to photograph rows of corn.


  1. After I graduated college, I HAD to move to the City (Chicago) and I couldn't stand the idea of living in the suburbs. By the time I got married, and was pregnant with my first, all I wanted to do was move back to my hometown and get out of the City. Sometimes it takes a few years to appreciate where you came from!

    :) T

  2. My Quaker ancestors made their way from PA to the midwest via Ohio (and Indiana)...some during the Revolutionary War. I didn't know that when I traveled through Ohio (and Indiana) via Amtrak many years Aunt and I would just LOVE to go on family fact finding mission all around Ohio and Indiana now!

    : )

    Julie M.

  3. I'm sure your Amish kin love the quilt murals ;) Thanks for showing us a bit of P. Hill - I've always wondered what it is like.

  4. There is nothing like growing up in a small, rural town. I totally took things for granted also and I now appreciate all of the small things and also like to photograph them. It was fun getting to see some of your hometown. :) I recently found your blog and really enjoy it.

  5. but isn't it great that your childhood made you who you are and now you appreciate it so much!

  6. you are sooo close!
    beautiful post on your childhood living.

  7. Those are great pictures! After growing up in the suburbs, my husband and I are now living outside of the city and are loving it! I love that it takes 30 minutes to get to anywhere!

  8. We never used to appreciate our old hometown either. We used to live on the Oregon coast, and moved away to the desert about four years ago. When we lived on the coast, we couldn't wait to get away, but now we love to go back to the coast for vacations, and we take all kinds of pictures, and just appreciate the beauty more than we used to. We wouldn't necessarily want to move back to our old small town, but we definitely see the charm in it now. :)

  9. I have never seen those quilt paintings in Miami CO...I need to get over there often. All we have in Darke County is the state's bicenntennial painted on the side.

  10. good heavens....I had forgotten the name of the author wrong for you!! she's Lori Wick -

    so sorry.........

    i'm on her 3rd series already ;)

  11. Love those quilt murals. Love your farm life! I love that you pull over and take pictures of corn. We are kindred spirits:)

  12. Your post is beautiful. My Grandparents lived on a farm, and when I was little, I would spend summers with them. I LOVED it. The hilight was going to town to eat lunch in the cafe. I have such fond memories...thanks for taking me back.
    XXOO Valarie

  13. At least IN isn't too different from OH. Many of those pictures remind me of the "country" I grew up in too. Except for those quilt murals, I've never seen the likes of those before. Which quilt pattern will you use when you get around to painting yours?

  14. P. Hill sounds like Tree Hill. Maybe you could write a spin-off from One Tree Hill about all of the dramatic happenings in your home town. I'd watch it. But then again, I watch One Tree Hill so I watch just about anything.

  15. I love the nostalgia feeling of going back home a bit. :o)

  16. Absolutely,your brother would never do such a thing! (well,maybe he wouldn't. At least I don't think he would.)

  17. Wow...I stumbled on your blog and I too live in Indiana...but I can't say I am as big a fan as you:) I was born and raised in northwestern indiana, pretty close to Notre Dame~
    Love your blog!