Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sound Of The Train

One of the things I liked best about moving to the area I did was the fact that my father AND grandfather lived here.  It's nice to travel and live in different places, but I think it's also very special to live in a place where your ancestors lived.  The very heart of the city surrounds me with their presence.  My grandfather worked for the railroad, and being only a mile away, I can hear the faint sound of the train in the distance when I fall asleep at night.  I think of my father and his father before him who made their way in the very same town I live in.  They are here with me, in mind and spirit (as I am writing this, I looked up and two big white dogs are passing by.)  In a world where people come and go, it's nice to be settled in a place that has so much meaning and history of my loved ones.




~Sheri

26 comments:

angie said...

danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen, einen schönen mittwoch wünscht angie

Cranberry Morning said...

Nice post. There's something about living in the area where your family is from - a shared history - that people lose in this day of such a rapidly mobile society.

Susie said...

Sheri, I absolutely love trains. When I lived in town I was right next to the east/west track..I miss hearing the trains. You can hear them faintly out here. My uncle worked the repair crews long ago. He fixed the tracks. My brother Tom drove the trains as he was an engineer. He's retired now. You and I are like spirit sisters.:) You know my sister Jeanie lives near the depot and she just hates the trains and the whistles. She must be totally odd. LOL. Some times the young and the modern world forget how we got where we are today....it's thanks to our forefathers. Blessings, xoxo,Susie...love you rose. :)

Deserae said...

I don't live where my ancestors live but I do live right next to two train tracks....they were cut in, in the 1800's. We have a picutre of them working with oxen and our house is in the back ground.
~Des

abrianna said...

Sounds lovely. My parents had lived very close to where they grew up and their parents grew up, but moved when I was in college as they moved my father's department to a new area. They have lived in the same general area of the country all their lives.

Where I lived before I could hear the train in the distance too and I liked that sound.

It's me said...

Lovely week sheri.......love from me Ria...x!

Sola Scriptura said...

What a blessing to live where you have deep family roots!

Merlesworld said...

Lovely, falling asleep to the sound of distant trains.
Merle..............

Magda Carvalho said...

Nice history :)
kiss
http://retromaggie.blogspot.pt/

NanaDiana said...

I am so happy that you have the connection to your roots, Sheri. One of the things I loved living in the mountains when I was a kid was that on a cold, crisp winter night you could hear the train's whistle down in the valley-about 12 miles away. It was a comforting sound to me somehow.

Wonderful post- xo Diana

TARYTERRE said...

I love the sound of a train late at night. There is comfort in it. It is wonderful that you are living in a place that has such deep family roots. things have come full circle for you. I hope you enjoy many happy years there.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is a STUNNING post my friend. You are emerging as a poet, do you feel it?

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh Sheri I love this post. Your words hit home with all of us. My grandma's house was next to RR tracks, they were what was called "slow tracks" and you would wake up to the slow "singing" of the wheels on the tracks in the morning. My mom & dad's house backed up to "fast tracks" and we would sometimes see one of my two uncles that that would blow the train whistle and wave as they would go by. One was an engineer on the NYC and one was a yardman for the B&O but sometimes would be on the trains and he would blow the caboose whistle. I adored them both. Thank you for the wonderful memories Sheri!!!

Blessings & hugs, Edie Marie

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Sheri, what a beautiful post filled with heart and soul. Yes, your new surroundings are inspiring for you and the love of those that walked the same town.
Love your pics and your amazing way with words my friend.
Love and Blessings!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Sheri, I enjoy being in places with that family connection. I'm too sentimental for my own good! :D And I do love hearing the sound of a train in the distance at night.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Och Sheri, homesickness really hits at this moment!
I loved it that I can imagine all the souvenirs behind the words.
Thank you for sharing,

miss b said...

I'm just enjoying spending some time catching up on your posts after my holiday! I can fully appreciate why you would like to live in a town where your family also lived. I also returned to my home town a good few years ago. I lived away when I was a student and also spent a year in France. Some of my school friends also returned and I appreciate being able to meet up with them too.

Brandi said...

Trains have a lot of special meaning in my family too. My uncle who passed away collected model trains. Thank you for sharing your special memories, which in turn triggered mine! xo

Imogen said...

That is very beautiful. I absolutely love it when a location has a history and story behind it, it adds so much.

Magda Carvalho said...

Love the photo the rose.
http://retromaggie.blogspot.pt/

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I do love visiting the area where my family is from. It always makes me feel introspective!

Soniya Gauchan said...

wow such a gr8 post and thoughts
hope u refreshed all ur moments
have a good week ahead

CraveCute said...

Wonderful post! I love the sound of a distant train. Something comforting about it... not really sure why. We lived near, but not too-near train tracks, maybe that's why, brings up old memories!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Sheri,

You have shared a lovely post and enjoyed reading and seeing your photos.
My daughter and I took a train the other day out to a shopping center and it was a lovely adventure.
Could have taken the car but we just wanted to have some fun.
Many thanks for the kind visit and note you left me, I appreciate this very much.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

I always have great memories anytime I go back home!
Lovely post Sheri :)
Love,
Anastasia
Natbee's

Heather Lindstrom said...

Oh Sheri, I do understand what a bittersweet time that is. I am so sorry for your loss. Indeed this special man was family for most of your lifetime. Take time to nurture yourself and rest after caring for others as I know you do. Hugs today,
xx, Heather