By Leila Philip
One woman's trip to discover her family's background and comprehend the binds that bind us to a selected place..
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S. Marine, then surprise me with his gentleness. “All right,” I say, and sit. We are silent the way we often are, sharing a kind of intimacy that is not about the exchange of information. As usual, my father does not ask me about 19 ] myself, and only the extremity of his illness makes it seem okay for me to inquire about him. It has always been like this, and what makes this moment feel close and not cold or distant, I couldn’t say exactly, but I know it has something to do with the way we both love the place around us yet feel the heavy weight of its past as well.
I am thrilled. I look at my father and know that I am grinning. “Let’s do the count here,” I say. We will each count the total amount of cash brought up from the barn, then compare our ﬁgures. It is a long process that begins by sorting, then counting the number of bills in each denomination so that they are ready for the bank deposit bag. We will each do this to avoid mistakes. Usually my father would have never permitted us to do the count there on the porch, where a late customer, driving up to the back porch, could see the money.
Unanimously and with little discussion, my three brothers, my sister and I agreed to form a land trust to keep the house and the farm together for as long as my mother lived and for three years thereafter. After raising ﬁve children, working in an ofﬁce in Manhattan, helping my father found his business newsletter, then participating on the farm each weekend, my mother was retiring to the relative leisure of ] 42 only running the farm. “I’ve always wanted chickens,” she joked, showing us through her humor the ﬁne steel from which she was cast.
A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Excelsior Editions) by Leila Philip