Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yesterday & Today

 It was on this homestead that the Bartel family settled in 1951.
Little did I know that I would share ownership in this farm.
In September 1973, I married John and soon there after I became a partner in the family business.
I had always heard of all the parties that the Bartel families had entertained prior to my time.

 Here is a typical after wedding party that happened at the Bartel farm in the early 60's.
Notice the street, Bustin Road lined with cars/pickups, from the 50/60's era
and the farm house in the back ground.
Dancing was not allowed for Mennonites,
so they decided to break the rules and called it 'circle games.'
Yes, the girls wore dresses...and the men looked smartly dressed.
Well those same people who were at this party years back have changed slightly.

On this day, July 10th, 2015 many of the same people came back and 
reminisced about the days gone past,
shared stories of long ago and reconnected around old-fashioned fellowship.
We gathered together to Celebrate Papa's Life of 103 years.

 "Where did all the Flowers go?"
"When a Man Loves a Women
"All You Need is Love"
"Hey Jude"
 Notice how the cars are parked parallel, down the long lane on both sides.
These automobiles look slightly different.
I wonder if they will ever become vintage.

 Has much really changed?
Not really.
Given an opportunity, family loves to come together to reminisce and reconnect.

 I always wonder how the next generation will connect with family?
Will they connect under tents and sing songs?
I wonder if they will be singing,
"Grandpa Tell Me About the Good Old Days"

"All I know is that we have this moment to hold in our hand,
And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand.
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come,
But we have this moment today."