Daily WordPress Challenge: Foreshadow

The New Oxford dictionary defines Foreshadow: be a warning or indication (of a future event). The term is the new photo challenge of Daily WordPress, here.

Where I live now used to be farms, as far as your eyes can see. At some point they used to be planted with soybeans and/or corn. Old barns in this area are the last vestiges of what this once was. But signs of progress are creeping in faster than you can close and open your eyes. At the wink of an eye.

Two weeks ago, there was this old barn I wanted to take a picture of. Everyday I passed by there to catch my bus at the Park and Ride I kept telling to myself, tomorrow. But what do you know. One day the barn was gone, the next day the silo. It happened so quickly, on the third day, the farm was gone and so were the acres of corns. In its place were big machineries and culverts, concretes and mounds of top soil so the new owners can create a new community. They were fast!

Even my brother-in-law was caught by surprise. “What happened?” I said, the sign was there. “Welcome to the new site of Ashford Subdivision”. Foreshadowing what’s to come.

So this afternoon I finally drove around to take pictures of the old barns. I know these structures won’t be saved. There is no doubt the farms will be replaced by new developments. Progress, if that is what they call this, will prevail.

The main thoroughfare near our subdivision is nothing but a row of commercial establishments. Malls from end-to-end traversing through many towns. Name any chain establishment, there is one here. My San Diego aunt’s favorite restaurant, Mimi’s, has a branch here which reminds me I should bring my sister there.

Who would have thought that this could happen here, even though our location is many miles away from Chicago, 45 minutes by car or by Metra train? There’s no stopping it.

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8 Responses to Daily WordPress Challenge: Foreshadow

  1. frizztext says:

    “…these structures won’t be save. There is no doubt the farms will be replaced by new developments. Progress…” = when I searched for the farmhouse of my childhood (framework house, with goose, chicken and cats) – I found out, it was replaced by a big big school with 1,000 scholars …


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  3. bebs1 says:

    I grew up in a farm like you did frizztext, that is why they are so dear to me. Pretty soon there will just be nothing but memories to remind us where we came from.


  4. Beautiful photos and a sad but true story to go along with them today. It makes me sad when farmland is turned into mass produced housing and strip malls…


  5. bebs1 says:

    The irony is the same people that wants to move in areas far away from work wants to get away from the trappings of a city and yet all these services follow them. We really can’t have the peace and quiet that country life can offer unless we move very far away.


  6. lolaWi says:

    i love driving out in the farm and flatlands. like you, i’m fascinated with barns. great pictures, B!


  7. bebs1 says:

    Old barns, covered bridges, there’s a lot to explore without going very far and spending a lot of money.


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