Friday, October 28, 2011

I Remember!

     Each is given a bag of tools,
     A shapeless mass,
     A book of rules;
     And each must make,
     Ere life as flown,
     A stumbling block
     Or a stepping- stone.

            R.L. Sharpe



 This is my spot. I come here to think. I look at this rail fence stretching high over the ridge and I remember.
 I remember the hours, and days it took to build this fence and how My Hero and I worked from the early morning light till late in the day. The mosquitoes were biting, and the bug spray made me gag.
 I remember the heat of those days, the sweat running down my brow making the sunscreen burn my eyes.
 I remember my muscles screaming while I strained and tried to juggle these long heavy rails trying to hold them steady for My Hero to wire.


 I remember trying to keep my feet from slipping on the loose rocks, and praying to not roll down the hill, ending up at the bottom with a big heavy rail landing on top of me.
 I remember the prickly ash cutting my arms so bad that the burning kept me awake for nights in pain.
 I remember my hands when I finally took my gloves off at the end of the day, covered in blood from the blisters; the aching swollen fingers from twisting the wire for hours. I remember not being able to hold my cup.
 I remember watching My Hero working so hard cutting the trees down that stood in our way so we could just get a couple more panels up before dark.
 I remember struggling with the fifty- pound roll of black wire trying to get it out of the pickup and then up the hill. I finally realized no matter how hard I tired I could not do it. I pulled out my pliers and cut the bundle in half making two trips.
  I remember crying and not wanting to go back out the next, and the next, and the next day.
 I remember the sense of accomplishment we both felt when it was completed, knowing that (with any luck) this fence would last for decades, or longer. It has been 20.
 I look at this fence now and know that anything is possible in life no matter how difficult and impossible it seems at the time. I sit here knowing I did not think I would make it through the day. The pain was unbearable, and I knew this was only the beginning of a very long road. I realized if I carried half the load it would take longer but I would get through it.
 We have miles, and miles of this beautiful fence that we have built, and still maintain. I know I can do anything as long as I believe, and never quit.


 I sit here and smile knowing I made it and I am happy.
 This is my spot I come here to think.

34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful spot it is. The fence is outstanding. It goes to show what hard work and persistance can accomplish. A good lesson to us all.

    Bless your heart. I could just feel your pain.

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  2. Love the fence and the pictures are awesome, looks like a spot I would love!

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  3. Persistence and determination are a powerful combination.

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  4. This fence is a work of art built by blood, sweat, tears and love.

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  5. I just love seeing a nice split rail fence! But oh my, what a lot of work...you should be proud of this!

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  6. That's an amazing accomplishment, I have never built such a fence. 20 years is a long time for one made out of wood to stand...stand the test of time.:)

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  7. I like your photos. The rail fence has to be the most common fence in Canada.

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  8. Oh I love that first shot...and love knowing that you and your Hero built it....

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  9. oh my goodness. this filled me with such emotion! thank you for sharing, not only your photos, but your story...

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  10. Love this kind of fence!
    I would like to have one around my own property.
    As much as I enjoyed your photos, I was taken most with your heartfelt words - beautiful writing!

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  11. I use to see fences like this when I rambled thur the northern woods of my youth.

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  12. What a beautiful place - and what an impressive accomplishment.

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  13. Wow..what an accomplishment...makes me really feel like a city slicker. This is something that will always be in your memory bank. Great shot...it looks like a very well built sturdy fence...Your Hero knew what he was doing! Thanks for playing FF

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  14. That is a great looking fence. It has character. Just like the people who built it.

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  15. Now THAT'S Friday Fence story. Miles and miles....WOW! No wonder that is your thinking spot. After that accomplishment almost anything would seem possible. Nothing like teaming up with your Hero to solidify a relationship and a future. Way to go You!

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  16. That is another great post. It brought a lump to my throat reading it.
    Nothing like the feeling of accomplishment is there when a hard and difficult job is done. Well done the both of you.

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  17. It's so gratifying to be able to do what you do here: to look at what you did, and say, I made this, and I did a good job! You also took great photos of it. I love the depth, light and colors in them.
    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! :-)

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  18. Amazing what two determined people can do if they put their back into it. :)

    I know that must have been a monster to construct -- I can understand why you love to go there and ponder.

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  19. Miles and miles? Amazing! I always admire a well-made fence.

    It looks like a perfectly wonderful place in which to spend time thinking.

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  20. What an outstanding piece of work, all the hardwork has been worth it, it is spectacular.

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  21. I think you can literally see yourselves in that fence. Those are the neatest fences ever. I should have known they were a LOT of work.

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  22. and what a lovely spot it is!

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  23. a special place....i can feel it!!

    have a happy weekend!!

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  24. Great minds! I'm also showing a split rail fence this week--only I didn't help build it. You're right to feel proud of this accomplishment. Each of us need a few things in our arsenal that we've done well. What's the next big project?

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  25. Love the post! Love the fence! And that's life really, isn't it? We often face a situation and think how hard it is and how impossible it seems. Maybe even unpleasant at times. But then we get to a point where we look back and we realise it was so worth it!

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  26. True memories are never there when it's happening ~ its years like your post that we look back and remember all that you stated. You posted a very good memory. The fence is beautiful. You should be proud of your blood, sweat, and tears.

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  27. I love spilt rail fencing and you have some wonderful photos of them.

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  28. Rustic fences have so much character
    Bridget #36

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  29. I just love these fences, they're so rustic & country! =)

    Thank you very much for commenting, I appreciated your help =)))

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  30. You did a good job with that fence..it's lovely :)

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  31. Love your photos of the fence in the woods and your perspective on difficulties...

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  32. wow I didnt read the story to your fence when I visited yesterday, I came back from the comment you left me.Yes you are right its the eye of the beholder but I have seen better photographs that my friends take and my daughter. Looking forward to many more fences
    Bridget #36

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  33. Thank you for this. We are in the first year of having our farm. I needed the shift in perspective. Someday, I will be the one looking back.

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  34. Such a wonderful post, photo and fence. Thanks for sharing.

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