Like many folks from his generation, Pap held on to things other folks would throw away in case he needed them later. He kept most of his stash in the basement, but sometimes he put things where they were handy like in the trunk of his car or hanging in a tree at the edge of the yard.
If you’ve been a Blind Pig reader for a long time you’ve probably noticed on occasion I use a photo of a strange looking object hanging in a tree. Last week the photo was the top of an old water filter that Pap had hung up in a tree below Granny’s house. I’m sure Pap changed his out and then decided he better keep the old one in case somebody needed the parts off it.
Looking for things Pap hung around the place is sort of like a scavenger hunt, you never know what you’ll find.
The day I discovered the water filter The Deer Hunter was cutting the limbs out of a tree that was growing to close to Granny’s porch. These days I don’t have any call to go into that part of Granny’s yard on a regular basis, but as I cleaned up the branches I decided I’d throw some of them off that bank and that’s when I noticed the filter hanging in the tree. Silly I know but it was almost like Pap was saying “Tipper I’m glad you all are helping Granny since I’m not here to do it. You’re doing good girl.”