In places like the Black Hills, glimpses of and participation in the past are not uncommon – History and its memory is kept alive in the tumbledown buildings scattered throughout the hills and plains, and some have worked to maintain those historical structures. Historic livelihoods are still flourishing. Historic ways of doing things are still practiced. I love catching glimpses which remind me of how the hundred-year-old past must have looked. Such as this washbasin in the window of our Miner’s Cabin.
nostalgia – noun nos·tal·gia \nä-ˈstal-jə
1 : the state of being homesick
2 : a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition
3 : pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again
Amazing how one can feel nostalgic, homesick, for a time one hasn’t even experienced.