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Come visit, we’ll talk about old times

 

KATHRYN YARBRO

Guest Columnist

Last week when some friends from Raleigh were in town they called and asked if it was OK if they stopped by for a while.

I told them to hurry up as my door was always open for friends near and far. They moved away years ago, but still say Lincoln County is home.

I count this column as a good reason for my keeping close contact with friends. They call or come by to visit and talk about old times in the country and town.

We took turns recalling the long ago country living lifestyle. He has a vivid memory of many events that I had forgotten. Like gathering wood for cooking and heat.

Wood-burning cook stoves were fed from a side box that was filled each day with wood for the fire. Wood was also needed for heat in the front room.

There was a man in the neighborhood that had a stripped down Model T with a saw on the back of the frame that he used for cutting wood. By request he would bring his vehicle to your house and saw wood. Pine and oak poles were ready for sawing into blocks. Later someone had to split that wood into the right size for burning.

We talked about many summer days on the farm. Ice cream-making in a turn freezer is something most of us remember best. He said his job was to sit on top of the freezer while someone else turned and he always came off with a wet bottom.

Summers also meant Sunday visits with relatives who sometimes had watermelons cooling in a nearby creek. These visits also brought many cousins or neighborhood children in for ballgames, climbing trees or hopscotch in the sandy yard. Lawns and mowers were yet to come.

We also talked about the small country store run by a special couple well-loved by those who came for bread or talk. I remember walking through the woods with my sister to the store to get bread and sugar. We were rewarded with a piece of candy with each trip.

This friend moved around (military and jobs) then wound up in town working for several years before moving to the state capital. He treasures his many memories of Lincolnton and his time spent here.

Who could forget memories like these? Why would you want to?  It’s easy to find someone who is glad to rehash them on a morning visit.

 

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

 

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