Sunday, November 2, 2014

Melons, Honey!

By Ruth A. Ringelstetter

Joann and I travel to the western counties of Wisconsin often. We love that area and often travel the same highway to and from the area.

For several years as we neared home, we passed a small woods with a sign among the trees. The sign simply stated “Melons Honey” and just on the other side of the woods was a house selling melons and honey from a wagon in their front yard.

We turned it into a joke, with one of us often saying to the other “Melons, Honey!” as we approached the sign as if there were melons coming up and calling the other “honey.”

One day we were coming home and decided we should take a picture of the sign. If we hurried, we would make it there before dark. As the woods came into view, the sign did not. It was gone! Now we were berating ourselves. Why had we driven by all those times and never stopped for a picture?

We figured it was lost to us forever. But then, at the end of this summer, we were taking a short-cut to Halfway Prairie School. We wanted to get some inside photos during the last weekend of their open house.

As we neared the end of our short-cut road, we saw a yellow sign in the distance. Only the top line of the yellow sign was visible, and it said “Melons.” Could it be?

As we got closer, there it was! A sign that said “Melons Honey”. We weren’t sure if it was the same people in a new location, or another person who was using the same type of sign. Either way, we were overjoyed. We did pull in to take some photos and get a couple of small watermelons.

Did we learn our lesson? We’d like to think so, but only time will tell. Stay tuned to see if we procrastinate on taking any other photos until it’s too late.

Happy Shunpiking!

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