Gardens to Gables

A New Sort of Story

I’ve written many times about my love of history and how my own personal family history, stemming from deep roots in central Kentucky, has inspired, influenced, and shaped me. Sometimes, the familial connections that stretch across this region have felt confining – anyone who has grown up in a small town will know exactly what I mean. If I did anything I wasn’t supposed to do growing up – someone found out, and the news made its inevitable march back to my parents. But the older I get, the more I treasure that closeness, the stories handed down over the years, and the fact that I can go out into this place (city) I live now, and run into a cousin at the grocery store – especially when I was trying to avoid seeing anyone I knew at all!

My own story has taken a new turn, resulting in a sharp decrease of writing and maintaining this blog. Although I feel like my mind continues to churn out ideas and possibilities, pointing out rabbit holes down which good stories lurk, my ability  (and time) to translate those errant thoughts has been severely curtailed. But last week, I was able to take a walk and photograph some buildings with my newest fieldwork companion: my five-week old daughter.

The stories that have spun around me my whole life weren’t far from my mind when she made her way into the world – and she now takes her place in this developing chronicle. Even if she decides that historic buildings are boring and unimportant, history will follow her – she is named for my two sisters, who figure so largely in my own personal narrative, and who are in turned named for our paternal and maternal grandmothers. Layers and layers of stories…

My paternal grandmother….

So she takes her place into a chain of stories, and will no doubt make her own very significant impact. And while my traveling is confined to my own neighborhood for now, we are already planning our first road trip – one that will likely try the patience of both she and her father! May the holidays be good to you, and best wishes for a peaceful New Year.

And the other side of the family…

 

 

 

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8 Thoughts on “A New Sort of Story

  1. How wonderful!!!!
    I love history and stories…thus I follow you. 🙂 Keep up the good work…with your new field companion. She will learn so much…and learn about you. Merry Christmas. Sheila

  2. Kristen J on December 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm said:

    JRB,

    Congrats! That’s beautiful news!

  3. Catherine S Miller on December 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm said:

    Congratulations! Love your blog and will look forward to future posts whenever is the right time. I’m sure you already know that those precious early days are fleeting so soak them all up.

  4. Janet Johnson on December 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm said:

    Beautiful entry and I’m so happy you have a daughter! She’s adorable and I’m betting she will love the family connections and carry on her name proudly and gracefully!

  5. Daniel Prater on December 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm said:

    Beautiful…simply beautiful!

  6. Joyce Probus on December 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm said:

    Tidings of comfort and joy!

  7. Old Thompson Farm on December 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm said:

    We are so happy for you and Perry!! Enjoy every stage they really do grow up too fast.

  8. Gisela Mauras Donahue on December 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm said:

    She is precious! Oh the places she will go…Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

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