I love a good story!
Actually, I love most stories – both good and bad.
When I was a child, I loved listening to older people recount their memories as they sat
on neighborhood porches, park benches or in front of downtown stores. (I know this sounds a bit Mayberry-like, but that was the era of my childhood.)
Well, I loved listening and (let me add) these stories were sometimes quite jaw-dropping, but always entertaining.
I mean, even if they were bold-faced exaggerations, I heard
some amazing facts, fiction and/or an interesting combination
currently wondering why they aren’t and where the
“storefront people” have gone – maybe Florida) ... there’re
still lots of great stories out there and I’ve heard many of
them when visiting Bexley's Jeffrey Woods.
account of the Jeffrey Mansion ghost who lurks throughout mansion hallways and can be glimpsed in the dark corners of third floor windows. Yikes! And, its updated versions keep getting bigger and better with every generation and will probably continue to evolve as long as the mansion casts its imposing spell over park grounds.
Another time, an older lady shared the reason she brought her grandkids to the park, though she lived on the west side of Columbus, was to reconnect with the memory of her mother who took her there many years earlier. (Ok, crying again.)
Jeffrey Mansion & Park stories are endless because this destination provides a joyful location for people to make special memories. I honestly believe while the grounds are full of amazing animals and plants, they’re also full of intoxicating memories that sweeten the air under tall pines, float over hidden trails, rest on lazy creek banks and swirl around mansion steps.
Be sure to visit and make some memories and stories to tell.
"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. "
- Lois Lowry, The Giver