Today I went for a drive with no destination in mind, just a little road trip to see where I would end up.
Well, after a few wrong (or perhaps right?) turns I passed a sign
that read, 'Historic Red Schoolhouse Next Right'
You guessed it, I took the next right.
But this little red schoolhouse was nestled on someones private property. Not wanting to intrude, I quickly turned around to bolt just as a sweet man came out to greet me. He smiled and said, "Park it there, she'll be right out to show you around."
Intrigued, I patiently waited.
And cursed myself as usual for not bringing my camera. Once again I've stumbled upon something fabulous with only my stupid camera phone to document it.
Damn, will I ever learn?
A few minutes later out came Ramona- the woman who had this old schoolhouse moved from miles away to her farm back in 1975. She restored and furnished it with pieces dating back to the early 1900's. She told me that teaching has been her life, "it's just in my blood", she said...... and how having this old schoolhouse on her farm all these years has brought her so much joy.
Then she took me inside for a tour.
I immediately felt as if I'd stepped back in time.
I swear I was in there for an hour with her. She told stories of her old students, how they all had 'chores', and what fun they all had putting on plays at Christmas time.
I told her about Grandma, and how she adored being a teacher in a one room school back in the 20's.
Ramona's eyes got big and sparkled as she said, "Oh how wonderful! Now you can picture it through your Grandmother's eyes"
Wonderful?????? She had no idea.
I told her I would be back soon with my real camera.
She gave me her phone number and told me to call first- that way she would be ready in her teaching dress and bonnet for pictures.
I love her.
To think I was in such a crappy mood all day, until I stumbled upon Ramona and her little red schoolhouse.
She honestly made my heart SMILE today.
I will be back.