Friday, November 02, 2007

Only Memories Now

This is a picture of our neighbor's home. It is a modest brick and stone, very well maintained home. Fount and Betty had stone brought in from their native state of Alabama for their fireplace, walkways and their custom mailbox.

We lost Fount a few years back and Miss Betty moved to Orlando to be near their son. The property has sat empty for the most part. A college friend of their son rented the home for a brief time while working an engineering project in Jacksonville. Other than that, Miss Betty would only visit sparingly.

One of my fondest memories of Fount & Ms Betty would always take place after Fount and a gentleman he hired to routinely help him mow and pick up the yard had finished for the day. Fount would go inside and get two Coor's beers and he and Ms Betty would sit under one of their massive live oak trees facing the river. On more than one occasion Aly and I would fix ourselves something to enjoy and venture over to join them. I miss those times. We both miss Fount and Ms Betty.

This is now.

Salty Dog and I were rattled rather abruptly by what felt like a minor earthquake the other morning. Upon the second "shake" we made our way outdoors only to witness this. Fount and Ms Betty's home was to be no more. We knew the property had been sold and like what is happening to most all the homes sold in the past couple of years around us, it was being torn down to make way for a newer, more modern home. It's not that I don't understand...

It's just that their home always served to remind us of two people we enjoyed so much. Who enjoyed life so much. Who loved each other so much.

Those are only memories now. Only memories...

peace
fm

7 comments:

Catherine said...

A loss for you for sure. So happy you have the memories.

redmaryjanes said...

Ford, I mean this very plutonically, but I adore you. What a wonderful post. They live forever in you and Alyson. All of their stories and maybe you should break out a Coors and go sit out there together and remember them tonight.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Great memories...
Love the picture of the house...
And I agree with RMJ crack open a cold one...
So sad to see the picture of it gone...
Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND.
Kim

sarah said...

Ouch! How sad it was demolished - so abruptly too.

Yes, I agree - go enjoy a drink there in memory of them.

Wendy said...

I bet that is hard to watch the house go! What beautiful property though. I just love the trees and the view of the water.

i-Con said...

The memories live on but so sad to see the house go.

Remember the past while looking to the future.

Roy and Lori said...

Your neighbors home was
very beautiful! I am
sure they were very
special too! Hang on
to those precious
memories!