|This is what my Grandparents cotton field looked like in the 50s.|
This past week I was back in Cleveland County where I grew up, and I drove by what was my Grandparents' farm when I was a kid . The property is now owned by someone else, I'm not sure who, and the house seems to be in good shape, but not currently occupied.
|Cotton fields before the cotton is "ripe".|
|Grandma's house facing west. The three windows upstairs is the bedroom where I would sometimes spend the night.|
|The front of Grandma's house.|
Those old cotton fields back home are now "planted" with solar panels. It has been turned into a solar farm. I understand that the landowner gets about $500 to $600 per acre for leasing the land. Not bad since there's no work involved for the "farmer".
|Cotton now replaced with solar panel farm.|
But I was more than a bit sad to see the farm used this way and to see the area grown up in weeds otherwise. My grandparents always had a beautiful lawn out front and the property was kept in pristine shape. No more.
The trip back to Cleveland County was a bit nostalgic, and Thomas Wolfe was right. 'You can't go home again."