In going through my electronic photo albums I came across this one of my grandparents on "Honeymoon Lane"
I'm only flashing back 3 years on this picture, but Honeymoon Lane goes back much further than that. My papaw has been a farmer all his life. Growing up, he helped his dad on the family farm until it was time for him to get married and start farming his own piece of land.
My grandparents didn't have an elaborate church wedding, in fact, my grandmother got married in her best church dress. (Thankfully she saved it and my mother still has it in her cedar chest.) Since they were just poor country farmers, they didn't have the option of going on a honeymoon. Instead his dad expected him to climb this hill and milk the cattle. Not wanting to leave her new husband, my Mamaw went with him.
My Papaw worked the farm as his sole source of providing for his family until my mother & her older sister were in school, then he took a factory job at the local canning plant. (If he knows Bush's secret recipe - he's not talkin!)
Retired, my grandfather still works that land today. He within the past year he got a donkey to protect his cattle - too many calves were being taken by coyotes. He still has a garden full of veggies, grape and blueberry bushes in his back yard, and black berries in his fence row.
Thanks to everyone who's been praying for my grandmother. She's currently in transitional/rehab care - neither of them are spring chickens so its really good for her to have professional assistance while she (quite literally) gets back on her feet. Her breathing problems are now under control as well. She's still struggling a bit, but nothing like she was.
Photo credit: Jay Fradd aka Mr. Right aka The Mutant
He snagged this photo on our way up Honeymoon Lane. We all loaded up in the trailer to find/feed Beautiful the Donkey.