Heading West!

Published June 23, 2015 by emilieaallen2

Can going West mean anything more than seeking a new adventure and leaving the past behind, just as the Oregon Trail folks did in the 1800’s?  What did they take with them as they deemed a necessity?  Clothes, good shoes, maybe even two if they had such a blessing. Probably a warm coat, and one or two coveralls, underclothing was limited as the women had to wash laundry daily and hang it on the back side of the wagon as it whipped in the breeze;  or camped a few days to get the laundry done before pulling out before dawn.  They were more concerned about their food supply then what they had to wear.  Hunger can rip at the depths of your core more so than being cold.

Going West meant new terrain, mountains to climb and valleys to settle in to call it a new home if one chose to stop and stay abit; as some did not get the choice to see the Pacific Ocean.  But they still went west, all the same.  Stopping in the Rocky Mountains for a winter, would be a better choice than climbing those mountains even if it was spring time.  But,as one moved further west, more opportunities faces the young man with a new wife, trusting he would be the man he set out to be.

Moving away from the prairies of Oklahoma, or Minnesota, one would be challenged to accept the new adventure that layed before him. He would prepare his mind to seek adequate work to provide for his families needs; he would supply spiritual growth as he deem necessary.  He would plant food for the winter and store up the abundance for spring.  He would build his home with a solid foundation and teach his children to work hard as he learned from his father in the home land.  He never forgot his strong beliefs and upbringing to have integrity and fairness in all his dealings.  His harvest was proof of his hard work and his family was the pride of his joy as he saw he was a good teacher.

Life is good! As his next generation carrys on to make a better earth we call home, he can revel in a job well done.

Moving West; new adventures lay before everyone of us as we make changes in our lives to seek a better life not just a living.  Oregon, here I come.

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3 comments on “Heading West!

    • Thought I replied but didn’t see it…So I will try again…Yes and No to your question. I have been blogging and writing since 2008 when I started writing a novel at my overnight Walmart job and completed it to the editing stage on my computer…then I took a class with the Institute for Children’s Literature on line for two years and learned what I didn’t know. So I have several blogs out there started and lost…due to life circumstances but can be found…so I started this one with WordPress. Not a fancy one with pics and such (since I am not at my pc right now but in transit to Oregon) but that will come as I work at this challenge. So we will see what lands on the “paper”. Some thing just take on a life of their own…Right? Excited to be here!

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