Monday, July 14, 2008
My Town Monday-Cannon
I was out at a local park the other day and realized something was missing. Our town used to have two cannons, one at Fort Walla Walla State Park and one at Pioneer Park. But a visit to FWW proved disappointing; one of our beloved cannons was gone. I vaguely remember some controversy about whether it should be moved or not. And in the end it was moved. That got me to thinking.
It's important to realize that things don't stay, neither do they stay the same. Taking photos and writing about those things which are common to you is a way of documenting today, so that when changes occur, it is not lost forever.
The photos above are of the other cannon in Walla Walla. It is located in the historic Pioneer Park. The inscription is self-explanatory. It is a piece of history. Usually, things that mean something to us aren't just moved out of state. Often it is other circumstances beyond our control; a fire, a natural disaster, or simply remodeling that takes away places that our memories live. Take a moment the next time you're out to take a picture of a place that has meaning to you.
This cannon, incidentally is not just a historic piece, it also holds childhood memories for me. My best friend and I lived just a block away from the park. We often took a sack lunch to the park and ate on top of the cannon. When we were done eating, we'd toss our crusts inside the cannon, so the squirrels could hide out and have a snack later.
Take a moment to take a photo of the places that mean something to you. Tomorrow that special place may not be there. So take that photograph and then WRITE NOW-BECAUSE IT'S LATER THAN YOU THINK. ~Karen