|The house we lived in when Daniel was born. Picture taken yesterday.|
Yesterday, I had a business meeting which briefly took me to the area in which we lived when Daniel was born. Of course, we haven't lived there in about eighteen years, and so we wondered if we could still navigate the back roads to get there. All at once, we were there, and although there are some new houses and some others gone from landmarks in the region, we were able to navigate just as if we had never left.
At least three families have purchased and occupied the house we lived in when Daniel was born, since we did. It's good to see that the house is still being maintained and well loved.
Afterward, since we were in the same county, we visited the house we had first bought when moving to Virginia. One of our children was born while we were living there. We were surprised to see that the stockade fencing we had installed in the back yard was completely gone now. Then we realized that we had installed it twenty-five years ago, when we were both in our twenties ! Of course, the one we installed would be gone now. Over all, that house too has fared well.
|The home we bought when we first moved to Virginia. Daniel's brother Matt was born while we lived here.|
When we traveled home I realized that despite the fact that Daniel went home earlier than any of us wished to, that we have always been lucky. We lived in beautiful places where our children had safe places to play, and knew they were loved.