Metropolitan Homesick Blues

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THE HILL HOUSE

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House 1

There isn’t much that’s important about the loneliness of an inanimate object.

The idea of whether or not the object in question even feels loneliness or anything else for that matter is, some would say, meaningless; not worth thinking about. To the eye of the beholder, though, this appearance of loneliness can radiate certain feelings, illusions that translate into a need to ask questions.

Like this place. It has always intrigued me. Why was the farm abandoned? When? Is the land still farmed? Where is the family now? Do they even care?

All of these thoughts have been with me since I first saw this crumbling abandoned farmhouse ten years ago just off Bruce Road 3. I ask myself these same questions each time I drive by. Year after year it stands like a sentinel, naked, at the whim of weather and time, on a small hill overlooking its fields.

There is a rough, rutted, snow buried, single lane road that runs uphill to the crumbling house. The fields slope down, running away from it. A fence runs parallel to nowhere. I’ve often been tempted to drive up, to explore, to see if any clues to the house’s history might be lying about.

But I always held back. It would be wrong to trespass. The words ‘leave me alone’ always drifted down to me. ‘Respect my solitude’.

Endurance, not loneliness, is what is in this house. It will stand against time for as long as time will allow. As we all will. One day it will succumb.

Until that day and after, I will have this photograph to remind me of what we must endure.

House 2

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

March 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM

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  1. I like it very much Ed, see you at the wau-wau.

    Fred Steinmetz

    March 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM

  2. It looks haunted to me. I would be very scared to go near it. Your write-ups are as excellent as usual. Makes one reflect. At least I do.

    Hope your eye is getting better and better every day. Take care.

    Annette

    Annette Francisco

    March 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM


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