Letter: Fond memories of Mathews
I thought moving April 10th was hard. Coming back again for my haircut at Country Cuts on Friday opened up the “flood gates” to all my wonderful memories of my years in Mathews County go forward so quickly, like a butterfly, flutter away.
If someone asks me now where I am from, I say Mathews … I moved there in 1973. I was born and grew up in York County. Now I no longer say that because Mathews is where I lived the longest and will always be my home. I have always lived in the country on a farm. Tears bounce around on my cheeks; it is so hard to realize my beloved Bellefield is in someone else’s tender care. Please welcome the new family. Bellefield was built by the Hudgins family in 1871. Daddy wanted it to look like a Colonial Williamsburg house, so the two-story brick part is old. It was stripped to the floor joists and sills, and all the framing stayed; it was built so well. My family and I have met so many members of the Hudgins family; they have come from all over the U.S. I sometimes thought we were renting our stay there, courtesy of the Hudgins family.
I think about all the people who did not “grace” my doorstep and those whom I have never met. My parents and I were welcomed warmly, and we felt embraced by so many friends. 1973 was simpler. It seemed like fewer people, but I think households now have more cars that fill the two streets of Mathews Court House and the parking lots in between.
My husband and I moved to Lanexa in New Kent County to five acres on a small lake, Lake Sertoma. Everyone is so nice and friendly. For a few seconds I awake in the morning and think I am in Mathews still. I guess one would say I live in the “boonies,” and I do. Nothing can compare to Mathews … it is a small county whose arms like branches of a big oak reach out and supported me. What a marvelous feeling that I was welcomed there and belonged there.
Please come visit us! My e-mail address is the same: firstname.lastname@example.org. I sometimes feel I am almost still there in the 725 phone zone.