Can you make a page in a reflective style? Get It Scrapped asked. Something which shows "an examined life"? And it just so happened that I had spent time, that weekend, in the town where I grew up. So I made this:
This is how it is as a teenager, if you live in a little country market town. It rains a lot. The street lights are low and the pavements are slick with slippery leaves, most of the time. The shops aren't right. They sell nothing you want to buy: not the clothes you see in the magazines, not the books you have floating round in your head. And nowhere opens on a Sunday. There is nothing to look at except everything; all at once, all crammed together. Doctor, dentist, Fire Station, Library, ten steps away, almost, in any direction. Peeled paint, green moss crawling up old stone.
And this is what it becomes, in your head, over time: crisp air,, woodsmoke and turf. Horses and green fields on the way into town, the cattle market on the way to the swimming pool. The sawmill right beside the shops, the coal merchants, the showgrounds, the old cinema. Cinema? Feels like an opening scene from an old film. In a good way.
- The stamp is from a Christmas set by Stampin' Up and the wood veneer by Studio Calico. I'll be sorry to see the end of those farm animals: who'd have though adding wooden roosters would have been so much fun?
- Using a photo of the town itself would have pulled this page out of my imagination and into the real world. I didn't want that. Does that make sense? I wanted you to imagine the cinema and the sawmill instead of looking at a photo of double yellow lines and boarded up shops (maybe) and other things no child bothers to notice. When I found the photo of the tree stump and remembered our discussion about how we'd remove the roots, I knew I had my title, too. It's all about the roots.
More reflective scrapbooking on the blog at Get It Scrapped