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February 05, 2011

02.04.11 Neglected

Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don't look at it and wish you had painted something different.
-- Author Unknown
 Bonneville County Homestead.  Back when this area was being settled, the families would stake out their calm.  You would find homestead dotting the stream.  The area was harsh, down right brutal.  The men folk would build their families as comfortable as possible, living quarters.  They then before the snow got to deep, would head for lower ground in search of winter work.  Work that would help support the family for another year.  This also meant that the women and children were left to fend for themselves through the harsh winter.  The homestead had to have someone occupying it 12 month of the year.  Stories are told of children being followed by packs of wolves as they made their way by foot to the community one room school. 
People of the Hills, as they were called were a rugged bunch.  Reading and hears their life stories makes me ever grateful for my life of ease.
Daily, we are each given a new canvas, it is up to us what we'll paint.  At the end of the day hopefully our paintings will be without "what if , if onlys or neglect ".

7 comments:

Patty Ann said...

Oh, I so agree with this sentiment. It is so true.

jackscrap said...

Sounds like a very hard and unforgiving existence - wish this structure had the ability to speak and tell us its story.

Steven said...

One really has to admire the people that eked out an existence in these circumstances. Nice image to show how hard that must have been.

Lois said...

Wonderful image and commentary.

tchesney said...

This image speaks a thousand words! I am loving the simplicity and how you positioned this little shack so that we could see it's harsh surroundings! I can hear and feel that wind!

BobbieCoughlin said...

We've crossed the Great Plains often in the summer by on our camping trips, and I've often wondered what they look like in the winter. Now I know. Your photo speaks of utter desolation.

gerberbaby1 said...

Yes, those pioneers certainly earned their homesteads! Cringe to think of the diets they had to endure over the winter too besides the cold.