Serenity Sunday: International peace

It was one of the happiest times of my life.  After 25 years of service with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, my countdown to retirement finally came to a blissful conclusion on May 31, 2010.  Upper management had decided two and a half years previously to move my entire group back to Washington, DC, having moved us all out to Omaha seven years before that.  I gave myself a few days to pack all of the stuff I’d taken with me into a rented truck, put my car on a tow dolly behind it, and started my long drive halfway across the country back to my wife, my dogs and cats, and my home.  Along the way I stopped for a day to visit my old freshman-year college roommate, a dear friend, near Columbus, Ohio.  On my free day with him, he took me for a drive into Amish country.  Along the way, near the village of Brinkhaven in Knox County (population 125), I saw an old truck sitting on a hillside in the middle of a field of daisies.  I asked him to pull over while I scampered up the hill for a better look.  It was an ancient International, and it appeared to be in surprisingly good shape, though it had obviously been left there quite a few years ago.  I figured it had been such a faithful and treasured family member that its people had decided to honor long years of service by simply putting it out to pasture.  One could do much worse.

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14 Responses to Serenity Sunday: International peace

  1. RobynG says:

    It’s fun to think of inanimate objects as having been thought of in a humanistic way…that resting place would be perfect for just about anyone or anything!

  2. Loved the theme…….but also the sad reality of life to-day which seems governed by the perceived wisdom that you constantly have to change/restructure/reorganise…and forget the real cost to those involved and their families. Change for change sake.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very nice picture, Gary – I can see this in one of the travel mags – National Geo? Good stuff! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      They sure don’t make ’em like that anymore. I always get excited when I see one of these oldsters, even when they’re not in running condition. It looked like someone really cared about and took good care of this one.

  4. Winnie says:

    Green grass, blue sky, and daisies…very much appreciated on yet another snowy and cold day.

    • krikitarts says:

      We had the blue sky today, but it’s going to be quite a while before we see green grass and daisies again. In fact, I was just considering a new post, and you’ve hopped in at just the right moment–need another something summery…

  5. Meanderer says:

    Lovely image! Well worth the scramble up the hill.

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