Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sharing my Happy! (2) All Connected!

A man is a teller of tales,
he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others,
he sees everything that happens to him through them,
and he tries to live as if he were recounting.
                  Jean-Paul Sartre

Part one if you missed it.


With one knee on the wet ground, and my body contorted in I must say a very uncomfortable position while trying to get the photograph I wanted for the story running thorough my head over and over this older gentlemen wanders up to me and asks what I was doing. My story fades to the back ground as I told him I was trying to get a shot of the motorcycle with the barn in the back ground for a story I was thinking of. As this older gentlemen and I began talking that imagined story was fading and being replaced in bits and pieces by a real story. I have always loved when this happens to me and it does more often than you think.

He asked me about my story and what I was thinking, no one has ever asked me that before, I tell him about this young teenage boy after finishing unloading square bales in that barn then running to jump on the motorcycle and driving over the well-worn path in the field round and round after a hard day of sweat and aching muscles and needing to have some fun. This nice older gentlemen replies “That would make a great start to your story”; he stopped talking and looked at the motorcycle standing in front of him. “You do know that it has no motor?” we both start laughing and he started telling me a story about his brother owning a motorcycle similar to this one and that was back in 1945, excitedly I ask him if he thought this one was that old. His reply “No” and we both laughed again. I asked how old do you think it is “I have no idea but old” that was the start of our introductions. Hi my name is Buttons, “I am Thomas” Nice to meet you Thomas. At this time we shook hands and then that story that was rolling around in my head completely retreated to wherever it is those stories seem to go, I was now in his world.

It seems Thomas and I had a similar love of old barns and after I told him my mission to capture as many barns as I could in every county around he asked if I have ever seen the two beautiful barns near Tweed Ontario. I thought for a moment, do you mean the ones just outside of town? “Yes” I replied I love those barns, and yes I certainly do have photos of them somewhere. “Great” he says, we then started talking about other old barns and that is when I asked where he was from. Turns out he has lived in the same house since he was married 62 years ago just outside a little town not far from where I live. I told him the road I lived on and he told me he used to go down that road all the time and go to a huge beautiful farm to buy his produce, mostly potatoes and cabbages.


 My head started spinning and I was wondering if the thought I was thinking could possibly be true. We were standing here far from our farm up in the middle of nowhere and I was talking to this man I have never met and I had come to the conclusion he probably was talking about coming to our farm to buy those cabbages and potatoes. I dropped the name Farmer Jim the market gardener who used to own our farm before we bought it 35 years ago and he smiles and says “Yes that’s him… fifty years ago I would go and buy all my produce there.”  I excitedly jumped in and said, That is our farm…..We both laughed and agreed it was indeed a small world and that we are all connected somehow in this world. After a lot more conversation I mentioned my mission to buy this book and how I better go find My Hero before we go home with a truck load, we laughed and shook hands and said goodbye. Oh I loved that conversation. That is truly the reason I go to auctions, it is all about the people I meet, and the way they have the ability to change the way I think, and that is truly magnificent.

While walking around searching for My Hero I imagined this then young man with his lovely young bride coming to our farm and walking passed the now torn down farmhouse I had grew to detest while living Our Journey. I imagined the two of them buying cabbages and potatoes from the storage space above that very long drive shed where all I could remember was those cold winters and those beady eyed rats that hid under the old plank floor boards. I remembered I had been so happy that day I watched it torn down, loaded up and disappear down the lane so we could begin our new dream. I thought about how funny it was that now I take photos of old barns and buildings and hoping they continue to stand a long time and knowing  I did not take many, if any, photos of that old house or that old drive shed and now wishing I had. Those sad thoughts retreat much like the motorcycle story had when I spotted My Hero’s smiling face in the crowd and noticed there was not a ladder in sight.

I walked over and asked him where the ladder was, his reply” I was only kidding, there’s no ladder for sale here” I laughed because he certainly knows how to keep me on my toes. The crowd was heading for that table full of books now so we move with them and I gently pushed myself to the front so I could be seen.

I was now concentrating on how much I wanted that book and was determined to get it. There were other people looking in the box now, the bidding started. I bid $5 and someone quickly jumps in with the bid $10. My Hero right behind me and knowing how much that book would mean to me gives me a nudge I jump back in with a $15 bid the crowd is quiet while the auctioneer asks for a bid of $20, I was waiting to hear him get that and ready to jump in once again. Sold!


Yes this is why I go to these auctions not for the things I can bid on but on saying that getting that book did make me very happy; it is all about finding those people with those stories that always surround me and knowing what I have always believed to be true. We are all connected in some way and that makes me very happy.
 That and the ever smiling face of My Hero nudging me on when I need it and always leaving me wondering if this continuing hunt for those ladders is really the reason we go to these auctions or that is just his way of keeping me happy and contented. Never mind I know.

Later 

35 comments:

  1. Oh I'm glad you got the winning bid for your book Buttons, and that you had another great auction day.

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  2. Nice story!
    My husband would be the one doing all the talking, he always is finding out interesting things about people.
    Glad you got your book!

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  3. Glad you got your book my friend; but gladder still for your listening ear which draws people to you so you can share their stories with us.

    It is a rare gift that you have.

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  4. so happy you got the book...what a fun day this was!

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  5. I can just picture the two of you...him nudging you on. Love that part! :) I'm glad you got your book, and glad for the connection you made with Thomas. It sounds like the world is truly a small place.

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  6. What a lovely day...great photos, a new friend and the book you wanted.

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  7. I'm so glad you got your book. I love the story of the man getting up hay and the motorcycle.

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  8. What a treasure to meet Thomas AND to get your book. I lovelovelove the unexpected joys of meeting people like Thomas and I'm like you- I want to know their stories and hear them speak. What a great day!

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  9. This is such a great story - I'm so glad you got the book, and so happy your Hero was there to encourage you. But wait, no ladder?

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  10. I used to love going to auctions. They are a lot of fun!

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  11. Is it not nice hearing all those old stories. Good bid on getting the book for yourself. x

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  12. Hooray on the book acquisition!

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  13. Wonderful story ! Girl you could write a book about your stories and adventures . I enjoyed this post as I enjoy all your posts , Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  14. Amazing! Life sends us in some wonderful paths at times.

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  15. Yay! You got the book! Your hero sounds like an amazing fella. You are blessed. :)

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  16. so sweet. :) and what an amazing connection to make with thomas!

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  17. What a great story! And I'm glad you got the book!

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  18. What a wonderful story, all of them! A tale of love, success, nostalgia and friendship all rolled into a picture of an old motorcycle and barn.

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  19. once again, thank you for taking me to the auction, and letting me eavesdrop in on your conversation between Thomas and you - you write so well! and praise goodness no ladders, and YAY for the winning bid!!! Now I wanna look at that book!

    you know, the house I miss sometimes is that little green shack we lived in while building the WI house, where the kids room was a curtained off parlor room but we let them draw on the old wallpapered walls, and eleroy the dog was flipping a mole in the kitchen in the middle of winter while we eating dinner...and the cats would sit on the bay window seat in a pile in the sun and the chickens were in the shed tacked on the house walls so thin that you knew when your favorite hen laid an egg and when you took a bath in the winter you could hear the mice scurrying under the iron bathtub for warmth ("shes running the hot water, come on guys!")

    and now, I am sitting in a castle on a hill, abet a little fire worn, and I love it just as much...you know what im talking about :) xoxox

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  20. Yay, you got the book! And made it home without a ladder somehow :)

    What a neat story about meeting Thomas! It really is a small world after all.

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  21. I love meeting people and discovering connections that are never expected! Your shot of the motorcycle with the barn is great! :)

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  22. I'm glad you got your book! And so sweet of Your Hero to encourage you. :-) I agree so much with you that we are all connected, and it makes me happy to remember that. I love the stories that we can learn from others.

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  23. How fun to meet that man who bought vegetables from your farm many years ago. It truly is a small world.

    Congratulations on the winning bid!!

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  24. Awe I'm so glad you got your book and you made a new friend. What a perfect day for you :))

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  25. I'm with you on loving the look of old barns. They all have interesting personalities. Places and things with a history can help us connect with our past and with those who've been there with us and before us.

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  26. YAY! You won the bid! Isn't it wonderful that your husband cares about you and wants you to be happy? Super!!

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  27. WooHoo! I am so happy you got YOUR book!! Enjoy every page!

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  28. So glad to hear you got the book!

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  29. Your end made me very happy. You described my wonderful husband to a T. I love small world stories. Thank you for your blog. I so enjoy hearing your thoughts. It makes me feel at peace.

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  30. What a wonderful story. Not only did you get what you wanted from the auction, but you got a big bonus: you made a connection to a new friend! It really is a small world.

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  31. Congrats on the winning bid, your hero sounds like a wonderful guy

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  32. And now I am certainly humimng ... "and then a hero comes along"
    I always enjoy getting over here to read these posts BUttons !

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  33. Enjoy the book. It's all yours. I'm going to look her up...haven't heard and would like to see her work. Sandra

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  34. congratulations on your "win!"
    you run into the most entertaining folks. :)

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