Its amazing how passing something that resembles something else can spark so many memories and thoughts in your head. Something about this particular farm reminded me of a farm that belonged to my mom's best friend and her family that we got to visit on occasion. Marie was one of the rare friends that stays with you for a lifetime. She was my mom's best friend from high school. I have so many memories from times we visited their farmhouse. I can remember down to the texture, the sign above the toilet that said "If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seatie". I remember listening to Queen albums in the bedroom with Marie's 2 sons and of the day one of her daughter's and I went out and threw dirt clods at the turkeys to try to get them to fly. There was a day when I trespassed on the rooster's turf and got attacked (I still have a scar on my shin). One of the funniest memories was the day, as teenagers, we arrived on the farm and 2 pigs were in the process of making piglets and my sister laughed and said "Look at those silly pigs trying to play leapfrog!"
Tragedy struck Marie's family once I had entered adulthood. She lost a son, then her husband, then her other son and finally a daughter all in a very short period of time. How anyone carries on after that is beyond me. Marie is probably the strongest woman I know.
PP 8/30/12 - thank you to all that put it there. Its great to know that several of you were able to connect to this image and that it triggered some memories for you as well