Tom Smugala, editor of Insider573 Magazine, contacted me in November to ask if I’d be interested in having Insider do a story about me, my return to Missouri, and A Small Town Girl’s Guide.
I jumped at the opportunity to write for Insider again (I’ve written for the last two issues), and I was thrilled at the opportunity to have such great print publicity for my blog.
Tom and I decided to do the photo shoot on my grandparents farm in Fredericktown, Missouri. The shoot was done on a cool, rainy December morning. The sky was gray, the day was dreary, and the turn-of-the-century family barn looked exceptionally haggard and real.
The farm hasn’t been a working farm for a decade or more, but it was certainly a working farm when my cousins and I were growing up. Now the barn is falling down, the farmhouse looks much more humble than it did through my childhood eyes, and trees are growing where cows used to graze fields.
Things change, but our memories remain. The memories that my cousins, my brother, my dad, my mom, my aunts, my uncles and I each have on the farm are a common bond for us. The land, the barn and the house are tangible evidence of our family’s history, of our grandpa’s work ethic, and of our own childhoods.
I hope you’ll take a minute to visit the Insider573 website. Flip to pages 44 & 45 of their January/February 2011 issue online, enjoy Tom’s beautiful photography, and let me know what you think of my family’s story – a story I was humbled to have the opportunity to write.