Happiness, Peace, Bravery, Valor, Loyalty, Purity, Freedom, Prosperity

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
During the recent road trip my mother and I took to Montgomery, Alabama, we decided to take a day and explore some of the small towns within 20 minutes of Montgomery. Like many southern small towns, Wetumpka, Alabama had once been a thriving factory town. While it's apparent that in many respects it still has a vibrant core to it and it was obvious that the local chamber of commerce, merchant associations and civic minded groups are working hard to show Wetumpka's finest attributes off to the world there were vestiges of its former heyday everywhere in the form of abandoned factory buildings and closed up storefronts.
The feeling in the town however was far from gloomy. With the exception of the ivy coated factory buildings, the rest of the town was well kept and attractive. The riverside park probably hosts lots of performances and other activities. There were a number of people out and about taking advantage of the beautiful boardwalk and lovely weather of the day.
An old fountain caught my eye and from a distance I couldn't tell exactly what the designs on the side were but I could tell that the viney plant was now in control of the structure. It must have really been something when it was operational. There was no plaque identifying its age or history but I would love to know the story of its beginning and what caused it to slip from priority in the community budget deciders' minds. It seems to proclaim the values that must have been important to the people of Wetumpka at the time and probably still are but I'm stymied as to why it no longer deserves the maintenance and upkeep to keep it as a prominent showpiece of the town.
Happiness, Peace, Bravery, Valor, Loyalty, Purity, Freedom, Prosperity. These are all strong words individually and easily evoke imagery to each person who considers them. For me personally though, the word Purity seems an odd choice and an uncomfortable word to include but even that word I would love to know the background as to why it is included. This word more than any other really dates the collection and in my mind makes it very southern.
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It's been a month since I took these photos and it's taken that long for me to really consider what the collection means to me when taken in context with the overgrown foliage. Like many viney things in the south, whatever this is probably dies back in the winter and is reborn in the spring. I don't know, I have no idea what the plant is. If that isn't the case though, wouldn't that be intriguing to have this fountain with all this lush life growing all over it everywhere but where the words are? Or if there is someone in the night carefully pruning the leaves back from the words?
Depending on my mood, these images take on different meanings when I look at the photo. The overwhelming mood that morning in Wetumpka, Alabama though was a mixture of curiosity, sadness, hope and strength. Maybe it was because the whole thing was taken in context...this somewhat abandoned fountain on one side of me and the mighty Coosa River with the thriving river park surrounding the other side. Hope...because words like "Purity" rarely are included in discussions of values among reasonable and caring people, strength...because the heartbeat of the town was evident all around me that day.
How about you? Whether you feel like sharing publicly what this collection of words means to you, I hope you will at least consider the feelings they evoke in you and explore for yourself what they might mean.
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Mona, there is great peace and relaxation visiting a small town! Not much opportunity to do it in my area! Enjoy your day!

Jun 03, 2013 09:41 PM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


What an interesting take on not only the physical status of the town, but an expose' of the emotional underbelly as well.

Now you have made me want to take a trip to Wetumpka to see it for myself!

Jun 03, 2013 09:54 PM #2
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Mona, very interesting indeed, you captured the beauty with your photo and a story of the past, would be interesting to know more. Thanks for sharing with your public.

Jun 03, 2013 10:32 PM #3
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Good sharing post on the local lore...Local agents lend an awareness to the goings on

Jun 03, 2013 11:27 PM #4
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Wonder what words would be in concrete had they been created Today. Happiness, Peace, Bravery, Valor, Loyalty, Purity, Freedom, Prosperity will we ever get there again?

Jun 04, 2013 01:19 AM #5
Colleen Cooley
The Corcoran Group - Jupiter, FL
CRS - Jupiter Florida

So many great words in one title.  Couldn't help but open it!

Jun 04, 2013 01:47 AM #6
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

These words bring a lot of good, warm feelings to my mind. Isn't it wonderful that you can still find something like this to photograph and share with others?


Jun 04, 2013 02:13 AM #7
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think you hit it on the head. The word purity rarely comes up in modern conversation.

Jun 04, 2013 03:44 AM #8
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This is how we should model our real estate business with these great words. Thanks

Jun 04, 2013 04:33 AM #9
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

Great post and very inspirational. It's nice to come across something that makes your mind think!

Jun 04, 2013 05:32 AM #10
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
That should be the plan to a well designed life... I had a chance to visit once a town nearby..Evergreen Alabama
Jun 04, 2013 05:48 AM #11
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mona, that was lovely. Being from Alabama, I really enjoyed your curiosity of our state. I hope you enjoyed your trip. Purity was an important virtue many years ago. People seldom even use the word anymore.

Jun 04, 2013 06:39 AM #12
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Mona, beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!

Jun 04, 2013 07:00 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Mona. What an incredible story about a little known place. I really enjoyed this.

Jun 04, 2013 08:31 AM #14
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate


How cool!  Hopefully you can get the story about the fountain and get your answers.  

Jun 04, 2013 09:44 AM #15
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad
Sounds old to me, Civil War? The words make sense to me in that contex.
Jun 04, 2013 09:48 AM #16
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Wayne, most of your little towns have grown big.

Richard, the whole Montgomery area is fascinating and for you it's a much closer drive!

Bob, it would be interesting to know more.  I'll find the time to write the C of C or the historical society.

Richie, I'm not even local there!

Bill, I believe some of the words would still be used.

Colleen, glad you liked it.

Betty, yes it is.

Jill, not unless you're talking about water.

Harry, many of us do...except the word purity.

Marilyn, thanks.

Fernando, I saw Evergreen but didn't drive through it.

Connie, I don't even think the Ivory soap people use it much.

Tamra, you are welcome.

Sheila, I hope you are continuing to heal and I'm sorry I haven't been as available lately to e-visit.

Wayne and Jean, I hope so too.

Michael, I don't think that it's that old but the sentiment surely is.

Jun 04, 2013 10:08 PM #17
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