Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Still looking for 'yonder'.

Having lived in this area for over two years now, there are still some things I don't quite understand.
One thing is the place called yonder. It seems to be everywhere. My girlfriend will describe a place to me as being right up yonder. I have heard it in several areas here in southwestern Virginia. This yonder is a very common place, but I have yet to find it. Seems it is elusive at best. I believe it is like tomorrow. Once you get there, it actually becomes today, and then there is always tomorrow.

Yonder can be up or down or over, although it seems to be less of a direction and more of a place. A destination. "When the roll is called up yonder" is part of a hymn I remember from childhood. I guess the question could be "is there really a yonder"? Do you ever reach yonder ?

I am still searching for a name for my little farmette here in the country....maybe Ill call it yonder-acres!!!


Becky Mushko said...

But Claudia, you live right over yonder!

I can stand in my pasture and point in the direction of Jack's Mountain and know that right over yonder is where you are!

"Yonder" is akin to "a piece." Not only are you over yonder, but you're just down the road a piece, too.

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Yonder is down the road a piece, like Becky said, turn right at Happy's Country Store, go a ways and make a left at the squirrel on the rock and then a right at Jeb Johnson's house where they had that trouble last year and you should be yonder.

We also can't think of a name for our little farm and it's driving me crazy. We've been here a year-and-a-half and I feel like I'm not settled with no name.

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