It all started with a gift and a milestone birthday.
I was sixty. My tech-savvy son Anthony was approaching age thirty-two. I cashed in his “gift certificate” in the next month and started blogging — without having a clue. No pictures. Just a few random words. But I at least had a subject. The blog was called 100 Memoirs. I would read and write, and sometimes review, memoir.
And so I did. For six years. This post is number 500!
I decided to ask my Facebook friends for help in visualizing milestones. They were so creative! I got a kindergarten graduation picture, a mountain peak picture and lots of stories. I chose this picture of an actual, historic milestone to share with you. My friend Lynn Miller traveled the Camino Portuguese de Santiago and took this photo:
The inscription reads: “MILESTONE Vilar-Guiza-Louredo. To indicate distances the Romans used poles that derive their names from the unit they measured: MILIA PASSUM (miles passed). This milestone formed the Via XIX that united the cities of Braga and Astorga, passing Lugo. It was possibly raised during the tenure of the Emperor Trajan in the beginning of the second century AD. ”
Wow. Second century. That puts six years into perspective, doesn’t it?
Here’s another offering, from photographer friend Marilyn Nolt. Can you tell what the “milestone” is?
Marilyn describes this figure as an old solo silo in the middle of a field.
Wow. Milestones can represent much more than miles.
When I started out on this blogging journey, I didn’t know when it would end. I still don’t!
Your turn: Did either of these photos resonate with you? How and why? What milestones have you passed recently? Which ones would you like to pass?