"Car tires on a gravel road"

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Project by mpounders posted 04-26-2015 09:46 PM 2276 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granny and pawpaw lived on a gravel road in Rockwood, Alabama. They didn’t have air conditioning, so we spent a lot of time on the front porch, which had a view of the elementary school and it’s baseball field. I remember the sounds of whipperwills, church bells, and tires on the gravel road. Maybe it is a southern thing, but they always raised their hand and gave a little wave of greeting or recognition to whoever came down that road. Usually, it was someone they knew, but I guess they figured they were either visiting them or their neighbors, that they were not really strangers if they were driving down that road. I guess seeing that gesture so much, it has grown to be part of me. Whether it’s a nod, a tip of the hat, or a polite wave, it’s just something that is a reflex for me when I am driving or walking. Or when sitting on a porch, listening to car tires on a gravel road.
Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 04-26-2015 10:12 PM

That is a great carving!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 10:20 PM

That is great carving!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 10:54 PM

The best kind of projects are the ones that induce loving memories or are sure to create them. You have undoubtedly created a wonderful memory inducing carving.
Thanks for showing us.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 11:00 PM

That is an Excellent carving. I know what you mean about waving to everyone and everyone waving back. where my wife and I live the street is one way in and one way out and everyone gives a friendly wave as they drive by.
Not like that when we go into the city..wave and people look at you and wonder why you are waving..

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 11:36 PM

Looks like you have captured those boyhood memories with the “olds” superbly Mike, another wonderful piece

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 11:37 PM

Love this carving. And you have absolutely captured the essence of your story in him! THANKS for sharing

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 11:55 PM

wonderful carving and an endearing story.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 12:30 AM

Excellent carving, I love the memories you related too. I grew up East of Rockwood I understand the Southern hospitality by speaking to everyone you meet, I still do it.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 01:57 AM

Great carving. As another Alabama guy, I understand the Southern hospitality “oldrivers” mentioned. We still do that here.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 02:08 AM

Looks like your Granny washed those overalls, nice job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 04-27-2015 02:38 AM

Awesome carving!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-27-2015 02:57 AM

I love it. You catch the momment.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#13 posted 04-27-2015 03:47 AM

From one southerner to another, here is my wave and a tip of the hat to you and your excellent work.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 04-27-2015 04:21 PM

Nice work. Did not have to be southern to spend gorgeous evenings on the porch!

Happened in the Nort DeColder too—although, you had more of the nice ones!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#15 posted 04-27-2015 04:40 PM

Beautiful, you nailed the moment! very well done.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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