Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Filipina's View of Rural Kentucky

  The drive to Bardstown, Kentucky takes an hour from the city of Louisville but the view is gorgeous. In the fall the trees turn red or gold. 

The exact same trees turn green in the summer and die in the winter.  Then in the spring those dead trees come alive with leaves in white and yellow.  From afar they looked like giant bouquets of flowers till you get close enough to realize there’s no flower, no scent, just the same old trees making the same old landscape new again.  It was amazing to the Filipina because the trees in the Philippines remained green all year round. 

   Some of the homes have exquisite gate posts but no gate and no fence which wouldn’t make sense to a Filipino.  The homes of the rich in the Philippines are fenced in tall concrete with iron spikes or broken glass on top and solid iron gates to ward off intruders.  These homes with no gate and no fence have better security.  The owners have guns.  Judging from the daily six o’clock news their security system works.  No home invasion has been heard to have happened in that area.

   In the Philippines you could find big bells in the antique Catholic churches.  They were rung to announce Sunday service or someone died or got married.  Some homes in Bardstown have that kind of bell on one side.  Before the Emancipation Proclamation those bells were rung to call in slaves working in the fields.  According to WikipediaKentucky which is located right in the middle between Confederate and Union states, was the site of fierce battles during the Civil War so that Abraham Lincoln said “I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky.”

   Most of the homes have acres of green grass with a pond that freeze in the winter.  They all have riding mowers to maintain the lawn which is a chore to an American but an amusement ride to a Filipino.  The riding mower feels like a mall bump car in the Philippines minus the bumps. 

Gypsy  Drive In Theater
   Along Highway 31 E there is a tall concrete wall that stands strong and mighty.  It was the screen tower of the Gypsy drive-in theater.  According to it was built in 1948 and was closed in 1985.  During the rise of the drive-in theater there was one in every county in Kentucky.  Today there are still seventeen of them in operation. 

   The movie tickets were bought per car load.  A Kentuckian remembers they would pile up in one car with at least one of them in the trunk.  It was the place to go to for teens on dates.  A lot of people were conceived in those parked cars.  The sight of its tall tower brings one back in time.  It’s a tribute to the past when going to the movies was an important part of our life.

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