This is by far the most personal quotation to me in the book. Quite a few years ago my Dad took us to visit his childhood farm. The barn and house were still standing but in disrepair. We were able to go into the house and there were dolls and other items left from people who had lived there. I found the experience very haunting. Both farmhouse and barn are gone now. This quotation just lept off the page at me when I read it because it captures the experience. The photos on the right are actual pictures of my Dad's farm and my Dad.