Monday, May 24, 2021

Milliron Monday: Trunks & Closets 5 24 2021

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

When you lose someone who is able to live in their own home until the very last, they leave a lot behind. Keepsakes, pictures, knickknacks, papers, baubles, etc. They have an essence of the person who once treasured them, now for a family member to sort through. 

This last week, after Jody left this earthly plane, her family has been going through her things. It is a difficult task, at best. Closets full of photos, clothes, and memories. Desks, cabinets, drawers - all hold the essentials for living. From her laundry in the hamper to her toothbrush in the bathroom, her keys, her books. A reminder of a dear life is everywhere.

Jody loved her historical farmhouse. It was a part of the Underground Railroad and had a fantastical past. Like listless cobwebs and collected dust, the farmhouse is weary and tired. Once a hub of activity, it leaves full memories for the Smith family. 

Now, after going through piles (and piles) of living, the farmhouse is changing hands to someone else. It's a sign that we're only here for a short while, and that material objects are not as important as the non-material ones. I really don't think Jody was into material things. All she wanted was a good horse to ride, a loyal dog, and a canopied trail.

Going through dead people's houses
Wonderful things they have collected
Open the drawers and trunks and closets
Don't leave a corner uninspected

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


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Milliron Monday: Underground Railroad

Jody at the "Negro Den" on Milliron Farm August 3, 1997 The Athens Messenger Photo by Chad Stiles Abbott "Pete" Smith ...