Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Long and Winding Road

The long and winding road - a metaphor for life. We never know what is around the bend, do we? I have walked this road many times over the years, in wintery snow and with spring around the corner.

This road leads to family in both directions. Family long-gone lies at one end and my parents (alive and well, thankfully) at the other. The memories are strong and heavy as I walk down this road when I visit. Memories of playing with cousins outside, the black walnut tree under the big white clapboard house, little kittens scurrying under the porch and country food cooking in the kitchen assault my senses.

My aunts lived in the house at the end of the lane, now called McGee Road in tribute to the generations that have held court on this land. Ida was famous for her cooking and jolly humor. I still remember her molasses tea cookies and out-of-this-world carrot cake. Willie Lou or "Bill" as everyone called her, was her sister who kept up the yard and taught math at the local high school. She ruled with an iron fist but a good heart and all who sat in her class learned to "apply themselves" or to get out. These two McGee sisters are part of my past and who I am today. I loved them as a child, and revere them today as an adult.

Who knew where this winding road would lead as an adult? For me, I am hopeful for more roads to walk, but none will ever hold my heart the way this one does. Do you have a road well-traveled in your past?


Emma Jane said...

Hey Auntie Lynne!
I love your blog and all of your writing! I love you and hope to see you soon!

Steve said...

Hi, Lynne. It's great to see you with a blog, now! It really looks good, and I look forward to reading more.

Carrie said...

Hi Lynne -- congrats on your new blog! What a perfect way to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw. I added you to my online subscription list, so now you're right up there with the NY Times for me.