Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Out with the Old
This is a picture of a building right next to the high school. It's been vacant for a long time. Most Mathews residents will remember it as the place with the railroad crossing signs out in front of it, even though there is no such thing as a railroad in Mathews. (I always loved the whimsy in that.) Someone told me the owner once worked for the railroad, and that he ran a saw or scissor sharpening shop here years ago.
Yesterday or the day before, they tore this old beauty down. The entrails of the building are still smoldering. It makes me sad to see these structures disappear forever.
I still, at the 11th hour, fail to understand why a perfectly good tooth has to be ripped out of my head today. It doesn't hurt. (At least not anymore, it did the first 2 years it started to become a problem; by the way, I've had this bad tooth for seven years after the dentist first told me it needed to go. I never went back. Until now. Why did I do that?) The tooth is really not doing any harm (well, other than the dentist said there was a raging infection gnawing away at my jaw bone), and it serves a purpose. (The purpose is this: It's my tooth, a place holder; I can't chew on it, but still.)
I liken my tooth coming out to the old homes, barns, sheds, etc. around here that are wasting away, not alive anymore, but still unique and valuable to someone. I love them, and I hate to see them go. (Them = teeth and buildings.)
So I will make it my mission to try and photograph as many of them as I can while they are still standing. (Them = the buildings; not my teeth. It's not Halloween yet, and I wouldn't want to scare anyone off.)
To any Mathews--or Gloucester--readers still awake, if you have any stories or contributions about this particular building, please leave a comment.
Chesapeake Bay Toothless Wonder