It was a glorious day today. The weather was bright, there was a strong breeze and the temperatures were down. I slept until seven and was in the car on my way to New Tripoli by eight. I took the back road, through Werley’s Corner and Lynnville. I’d forgotten about how beautiful the barn architecture is in this part of Pennsylvania. I’m certain I probably didn’t think of barns as being beautiful when I was fifteen and aching to be anywhere else but here. But they are. Simply beautiful.
As are the Blue Ridge Mountains. But I knew they would be and was not surprised.
I stopped at Ebenezer Church, where the choral group I was in as a teenager practiced and then followed the road out to Lynnport. I turned down the lane I lived on and slowly past the house I grew up in. The Old Lynnport School house has a new belfry with tiny little windows. They chopped down the beautiful weeping willows years ago, but I was still happy that the house was standing and in good repair.
The silver bridge is long gone, too. When I stepped on its replacement I startled a Blue Heron, a White Egret and a team of ducks. They all took off and settled a few hundred yards downstream. At the same time, right above me, was a Sparrow Hawk and in the distance a soaring vulture.
I followed the lane around a corner to this abandoned schoolhouse. I remember in high school becoming involved in a history project to restore the structure. But why restore this one when we’ve the beautiful Claussville Schoolhouse a few miles away?
I returned to my car, determined to fulfill the final goal on my list. When it came to forging, climbing and clamoring, as a child I was fearless. Today, as I dove into the shoulder-high weeds, I wanted to find the abandoned slate quarry, and that child, again.
And, as promised, here’s my Mom’s recipe for Orange Mousse.
- 16 oz. cottage cheese
- 1 large orange Jell-o (6 oz)
- 1 can crushed pineapple (20 oz)
- 1 can mandarin oranges (15 oz)
- 1 Cool Whip (8 oz)
Drain fruit. Mix in dry Jell-o and cottage cheese, and then fold in Cool Whip until blended. Chill.