A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five by Leila Philip

By Leila Philip

One woman's trip to discover her family's historical past and comprehend the binds that bind us to a specific place..

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The pony was moving, smoothly now, her back relaxing into her stride, and for one more circle of the ring I was riding, that incredible sense of power, of communication with an animal more powerful than oneself. It was simple really. Once you resolve in your own mind where you are headed, a horse, even a willful pony, will go there too. That night, when I shut my eyes to sleep, I could still feel the steady, pounding beat of the pony’s hooves as she circled the ring. Each hoofbeat, the steady rising pulse of my own childhood.

I have counted my stacks twice, and I am still waiting for my father to finish counting his stack of ones and fives. Methodically he sorts the bills with his large hands, but periodically one or two bills fall off the table and float to the floor. I lean over and pick them up, but my father is so busy squinting in order to see the numbers he is writing down that he doesn’t notice. How tired and cold I now feel. I tell my father that I am going in to get a sweater. When I come back out, I bring one for him as well.

William W. wrote from Kingston, where he was presiding over the court. Dear Sir, In a paper which I have just seen while holding court in this place, I have with heartfelt satisfaction read the above, your safe arrival at your own house. . As soon as I have moved into my new house and can leave home, which will be in about a fortnight, I shall , 1732 go to Albany, to tell you in person how much I rejoice that you are still in the land of the living, and in the bosom of your family. With unabated affection and friendship, Yours &c.

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