As we travel down life’s pathway, we may sometimes think of the past and the way things have changed or at least the way they used to seem. In many instances things have changed only in our mind and the way we remember them.
Even the trees are different. They were just little saplings as a barefoot boy, but are now being cut for lumber, pulpwood and other products. Many of the larger trees are already gone and have been for many years.
Even the distance we used to travel seems shorter now, especially the roads. We have better roads now and they are easier to navigate, making distance seem shorter since it doesn’t take as long to get from one place to the next.
As an example, I had a mail route for 14 years and traveled up several hollows as well as the main highway. It doesn’t seem nearly as far now up those same hollows as it did then.
On Spring Branch at Jeremiah, I went to Paul Morris’s driveway, which doesn’t seem as far as it did when I was delivering mail. The same goes for Doty Creek, Blair Branch, Perkins Branch, Carbon Glow, Woodrock, and others.
But a lot of changes have come about also. Even the people have changed.
Little children who used to put a few cookies or homemade candy in their mailbox for me at Christmastime (which was appreciated) have grown up and have children of their own now. They wrapped the goodies in whatever they had at the moment. It may have been Reynolds Wrap, wax paper, or newspaper, but it really didn’t matter to me because they at least thought of their old mailman, as they called me.
Most of the older people are gone now as I soon will be too.
I love to see virgin timber grown tall and beautiful and I wonder how many hundreds of years it took for it to grow so big and tall. But like the American Chestnut trees, all it takes is tiny insects to destroy what took hundreds of years to grow.
Wildfires can do the same thing, so it is up to mankind to be on the alert for such things.
That’s all from the funny farm till next time.
Contributing writer Relon Hampton lives at Premium.