Artifacts a country story from an old blog 11/09..the car is still here but there is less of it
In any environment, there may be those pieces of human history left over that try to tell their own story. On the property here, there are neat things: glass bottles piled in a heap; large boulders that line hedgerows between farmland; and four abandoned cars.
The cars are placed throughout the property,
when you reach the pink car, you know you have almost reached the southern end of the land. Closer in, toward our house, is the decaying car featured in the picture. You may not even be able to tell it is a car.
Since the beginning of my life here, I have made up stories about who sat in these cars, and why they were dumped in these spots. Through the mist of time, I recreated Bonnie and Clyde or their 1940s, 50s, 60s counterparts and had them running in the middle of the night to our house where they paid the owner to dump their car.
“Nah,” said my husband, “this is just what people did with trash back in the day, put it on the farmland.”
Then one Sunday night, I would say circa 2000, I cannot remember now, a phone call came at 10pm.
“Sir, this is the state police office.”
“Yes, what can I do for you?”
“Does your son have access to some old cars?”
My husband’s son lived out-of-town then. “Yes,” replied my husband. “Why?”
“Well, he apparently gave one of the license plates to this young man we have just pulled over, do you know a Bud D?”
“Ok, that is possible, Bud D, is his friend.”
“And, this license plate belongs to a man wanted for killing a very important person a few decades back, we will be over to check out the cars tomorrow.”
“Oh,” replied my husband and hung up the phone.
“That was weird” and he told me the story.
We were both gone the next day and no note was left signifying the police stop.
The cars looked unmoved. Nevertheless, what I learned from that is something like the old statement about paranoia, “just because you make it up, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.”
The artifacts around us tell a story. This car has been here since before my husband moved here in 1979. We no nothing about the specific owner, not even the name.