desolate

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its black square drawn on our township’s 1879 plat map

perhaps built by Wm. Deming, hand-written as the property owner

with scalloped trim requested by his bride?

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sometime between 1910 and 1920 my husband’s great-grandfather acquired the homestead

Glen Brown, a “Home Farmer,” according to the 1920 federal census

words recorded when my husband’s grandmother, Mildred, was 8 months old

certainly the home was not desolate then

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Mildred and her husband later lived in the humble abode with their young family

until they built a new home across the road

and then years of renters occupied the old homestead

ultimately, a granddaughter of Mildred’s sister purchased the home

but it was no longer loved

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So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

Daniel 9:17

11.9.10
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2 thoughts on “desolate

  1. Kristine says:

    I like this post, Heather. Something about it touched me, and it’s been up on my computer for several days. I really don’t know what to say, other than thank you. It’s so sweet, melancholy…I don’t know, I just liked it.

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