WEEKEND EDITION: GREENFIELD, INDIANA


Ty and I took the scenic route to Greenfield. Mucked through the commercialized sprawl to the east until traffic decreased, our speed increased, and we had nothing but pavement before us. It was U.S. Route 40. The “National Road.” The same road that was once made of wooden planks, one after the other. The nauseous racket wagons and carriages would’ve made; I can’t imagine. But, a century and a half later, in a 2009 Chevy, we sped past abandoned homesteads and collapsed barns and vacant hotels. Not everything was forgotten, no, but we still drove the 26 miles to Greenfield in nearly as many minutes. By the time we got there, it was late morning, and winter’s breath encircled us with clouds, wind. The weather hadn’t given up yet, so we took solace in the antique stores. At J.W. Riley’s Emporium, we haunted the second-floor bookshelves. In the rooms with history, nature, and war, Ty found his place. And in the room with the tiger, the rabbit, and the two couches, I found mine. Back outside, Ty flicked ashes off his American Spirit. I was too busy crushing a piece of gravel under my foot to mumble about anything other than the weather. We shared pancakes at the restaurant across the street, talking of Voltaire. And, in the park, we held hands, watched the ducks, and, in the snowy remainders, wiped \mud off our shoes. And it was still cloudy, and it was still windy, and our toes were cold, and our cheeks were flushed, and it was a good day.













6 comments:

  1. I am quite fond of Greenfield, IN. It sounds like you hit all the hot spots. Lovely pics. Check out my blog about Greenfield. http://susankay49.blogspot.com/2013/10/me-and-mr-riley.html

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    1. I'll definitely check out your post about Greenfield! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Lovely photos, thank you for showing me another pocket of the world I wouldn't otherwise have known existed.
    Lucy xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Friends, Travel, Italy

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    1. Thanks, Lucy, for stopping by! And thank you for sharing YOUR pockets of the world with us! I love seeing more of Italy and, as I've said before, I hope reading your blog can help my language skills improve.

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  3. omg when i read about the tiger and the bunny i though what a weird place to displace taxidermy and probably a tiger rug, but when i saw the pictures I felt in love with it! And of course, reading about your adventures is always a delight!

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  4. This is so amazing!! That brick building in the 2nd to last picture is so fantastic. I really miss having a car...and also having time to go places on the weekend hahah sigh. Currently waiting patiently for April and spring break.

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