Friday, November 18, 2016

Relics

There is a house in Georgetown, TX surrounded by a collection of tractors, machinery, and spare parts.




I stepped out of my car to take some photos of the relics I found here, quietly chuckling to myself.  I pictured a man who had been a farmer or longed to be and his wife.  The man began dragging home carcasses of tractors and farm machinery convinced they could still serve a purpose much to his wife’s horror.  Over time their yard came to resemble a grave yard filled with metal skeletons.




Once long ago, each of these hulking carcasses served a purpose.  Each was specially designed to tackle a given task better than any other.  They were useful. Too soon a replacement came along, bigger, better, faster.  The once useful was thrown aside.



At the lowest point when it seemed each rusting hulk had outlived its usefulness, time came to the rescue revealing the beauty in them.  These relics became truly interesting.  One look at their metal bodies suggests they have stories to tell, stories of how things once were.  Stories filled with wisdom of the ages.




And so it goes for man and machine.  Time takes away the role we played well and held so dear, but time also mellows us with beauty and depth gained only through experience, giving us purpose once again in the lives of anyone wise enough to look and really see.

Mama Kat:
Mama Kat:  Inspired by Rust
Originally published 2014

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    1. This guy's yard is fascinating. Don't know what the neighbors think, but I love it!

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  2. I always find abandoned things that were once useful kind of sad, It's like they're silently shouting, "I have a story--if you'd just listen."

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    1. That is exactly how this place hit me.

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  3. My Mom told me about a similar place here in Washington and the man turned his pieces into dinosaurs I believe. I've been meaning to get out there to check it out!

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  4. May, your quote at the bottom of your post said it best. "...time also mellows us with beauty and depth gained only through experience, giving us purpose once again in the lives of anyone wise enough to look and really see." Your words are beautiful and sink deep within my soul. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Carol, I am late in responding. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that you experience joy this Christmas season.

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