Friday, November 23, 2018

Rural America

What's a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?
                - Gene Wilder to Cleavon Little, Blazing Saddles, the funniest movie in the 
                history  of American cinema IMHO

Having a wonderful time. Mrs. C asked me if I remembered the first time I came here with her about 45 years ago. I do. The first memory was her father, a stern, conservative Lutheran farmer. I had two strikes against me: Catholic (by origin) and a New Yorker. The way I won him over was that I could recite the Lord's Prayer in German (Vater unser, der Du bist im Himmel. Geheiliget werde Dein Name) so I couldn't be that bad. I foolishly climbed the windmill and expressed passing interest in cattle. Good thing he didn't find out I was at Woodstock.

This is beautiful, rolling, gently colored country. Mrs. C's family are the most delightful people you could hope to meet. (She's not so bad, either.) I enjoy every trip here.


Sharon said...

It is wonderfully picturesque.

William Kendall said...

Excellent shots- that last one particularly.

The Padre said...

Blazing Saddles, Nothing Like It

Well Done,

Susan Kane said...

For us it was 46 years. Here I was a farm girl from a strict Bible belt church, and He was Irish Catholic from New York. He survived my family by doing the worst farm jobs with good grace.

I miss the rural atmosphere and views.