On our roots tour, Jonathan wanted to show Gerlinde the house where we’d lived in Marquette (Michigan) for several years when he was a young boy. Our home was nestled deep in the woods on 50 acres of land just overlooking the flood plain for the Dead River, and our property ended at the Dead River Falls. There was something very magical about being so intimately connected to nature …even down to the foxes and bears that strolled past our windows…
(although that part was a bit scary). But, I think the wildness
—the haunting sounds of loons calling on our lake at night— and the endless parade of wildflowers, made our Marquette days larger than life in our memories, and in our family lore.So, we couldn’t resist driving in just to catch a glimpse of our home again.
The man who lived there was extremely hospitable and allowed us to look inside, although he apologized for the condition of the house. They have several young kids, and it’s a big property to manage. I was deeply appreciative of his willingness to let us in, but I was (secretly) stunned by how much the house had changed in 20+ years. It made me feel very sad. 😦Conversely, the beautiful birch and maple forest carpeted in ferns seemed somehow untouched, as if in suspended animation. Only Jonathan is a man now, instead of a little boy, and it’s a joy to see him “all grown up” and thriving! 🙂But, I have to say that revisiting our Marquette home made me really nostalgic. The life cycle of woodlands, if left undisturbed from human influence, seems so constant compared to the life cycle in us as humans! We are born, grow up, and die within “the twinkling of an eye”… so long looking forward …but so short looking back! May we be grateful for every day and every memory God gives us. “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God…For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:1,2,4,12)