Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lonely Dreams

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I often wonder when I see abandoned buildings what happened to the owners.
Was it tragedy? Or did they light out in the middle of the night never to be heard from again?
Did times get hard and they simply walked away?
Or was it so good that they built a bigger, better house for themselves down the road?
I see tracks in the snow leading into it and wonder if it is on a used trail or someone simply ventured in to have look. I know I'm usually tempted to poke around in old buildings. I often wonder what feeling I'll get.
Old buildings have such tales to tell, but too often they only tell the wind and the rain because the people no longer care or believe they've no time to listen.
And what about you? Do you wonder when you see the houses and farms left to the elements. Or are you too busy?



18 comments:

tokaiangel said...

I always wonder! Some of my friends used to do this thing called Urban Exploration, where they'd pick round old abandoned buildings. They spent a long time in a disused mental hospital, which sounded really creepy. I used to beg to go with them, but they wouldn't let me - it was pretty dangerous, one guy fell through some floorboards once. Plus it wasn't exactly legal!

TA x

MizFit said...

I always wonder too.
and then make up elaborate stories in my head about the owners, their lives, their loves, and their losses.

the Bag Lady said...

Well you already KNOW how I feel about old buildings! Especially abandoned farm houses in the middle of nowhere..... I love making up stories about them in my head, much as Miz does.

Missicat said...

When my parents live in N Carolina and I drove down to see them, there was one stretch of road that had a couple of abadoned buildings that I used to wonder about. They looked like and old motel and maybe a grocery/bar. You could see an old rusted Pepsi sign and broken down chairs on the porch. It was practically overgrown with grass and weeds and I always thought it looked sad and lonely. I wonder that its story is...

Leah J. Utas said...

Tokaiangel, that sounds like fun. I would have loved to do something like that.

MizFit, good for you. That's a great exercise for the imagination.

dfBag Lady, you must never go to Saskatchewan because of the abandoned old farms. You'd get lost in your imagination and never come back.

Missicat, you've got me wondering, too.

Tom Rooney said...

I’ve gone up to a few old buildings to check them out. I remember as a kid, a pack of us maybe 20 or 30 of us found this old abandoned place and threw some rocks to break all the windows. We all felt great about our marksmanship until the owner came home the following week and we found out it was occupied. My parents took the phone call and had to pony up to fix the windows. I've very careful around those types of places ever since.

Leah J. Utas said...

Big oops. But I've got to say, Tom, that's a great childhood memory and it's something that had to be pretty common.
Hell of a lesson, too.

Reb said...

Oh, I love abandoned places like that. They are so intriguing and I always wonder about the circumstances that led to their current state. As for poking around in them, I would love to, but would hate to be caught trespassing!

Leah J. Utas said...

I hear you, Reb. I wouldn't like to get caught, but the looking around part would be great.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow you folks are so much more imaginative than I am! I just think, hmm, abandoned building. Lunch, is it time for lunch yet?

Leah J. Utas said...

The mind works in mysterious ways, Crabby.

boots586 said...

I have explored a couple of old abandoned farmhouses and visited a few restored houses from the "olden days." I wonder about the families that lived in them and what the times were like. The restored houses always seem to have furniture and housewares similar to the things that that I grew up with. Way to make me feel old!

Conny said...

I remember in the late 1980s driving through Indiana and seeing many an abandoned farmhouse (without a new farmhouse anywhere nearby). I wondered what happened to the families that lived there, but more than anything it made me feel sad. The land was always so beautiful and it made me wonder why anyone would have to leave it. That is, except for the whole Dust Bowl era.

I think of those sad, empty farmsteads still to this day.

Leah J. Utas said...

Boots586, I sure understand. I sometimes get quite a pang when I see old stuff. Reminds me of my grandparents.

Conny, it really is a sad sight. I can't help but think the owner gave up and went away and that's awful.

Barbara Martin said...

I've explored old barns, but from the outside, not in. One never knows how sturdy the foundation is.

Whenever my family took country drives, we always passed by places that were abandoned and run down. We had jokes about when my brothers or myself grew up, that's where we would be living.

Leah J. Utas said...

Good point about safety, Barbara. I'm not sure that would stop me, though.
My husband and I joke about abandoned houses as being fixer-uppers and just right for us.

Clare2e said...

Oh, I always wonder, too! And they give me a Velveteen Rabbit feeling, if that makes any sense.

Leah J. Utas said...

Of course it does, Clare2e