Essays

The Road to Carpenter Country

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Have you ever come to an unknown road and wondered if you should follow it?

That’s what happened to me one afternoon when I approached an intersection I’d driven through many times before in my search for land to build a house on.

As I slowed and glanced right, then left, I saw a narrow strip of rural highway that disappeared over a hill. What to do? It was getting late. I’d been checking out properties all day long. There was dinner to cook…

Oh, what the heck–I hung a left and two short miles later came to a sign that read: Five acre lots for sale.

Acreage. Great!

Within minutes, I was walking along a dirt path beside the landowner as he showed me several parcels of real estate. Nearly all was grassy pasture. But one tract, shaded by a huge live oak, was exactly what I’d spent months looking for.

“That’s it,” I said, pointing at the section I liked.

He gave me thumbs down. “Sorry. Sold it last week.”

I blinked back my disappointment. Here was the perfect place and it wasn’t for sale.

“Wait a minute,” the landowner said. He glanced at the sheet of paper he was holding. “My mistake. The buyer bowed out an hour ago. The property with the tall tree is back on the market.”

Yes! Yes! And Yes! Sometimes life is good…

…and some roads are just meant to be followed.

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