|"Who dat?" July 10, 1976|
Oh how well I remember this time. The year was 1976, the 200th year of the Declaration of Independence and the first year of our ownership of our "country property" in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
We had purchased 7.8675 acres of wooded property outside of Downingtown, Pennsylvania for $25,000, at that time an astronomical sum of money. I was tired of living in the city (Philadelphia) and wanted to move out in the country, away from the ever present police sirens of center city Philly, the crowds, the taxes, et al.
We looked at several properties but this was the ideal one, only one road away from where my parents lived on Hopewell Road.
We would visit the property, which we called "The Props" almost every weekend. Bill would clear out more of the heavy undergrowth. We would take out two Pomeranian dogs with us (Sparky and Hamburger) for a jaunt in the country.
Four years later we built our house "in the country" and lived there for the next twenty-five years until we moved to Delaware in 2007.
Those twenty-five years "in the country" were some of the best of my life. We were family. But then came time for another change and here we are in Delaware, going on seven years. Maybe in another eighteen years I can post a photo of me on this "property" and recall again some of the best years of my life as I while away my time in a condo or assisted living care facilities. Who knows? I'm just thankful I'm still around to recall those wonderful times.
|Me with Sparky - July 10, 1976|