John’s arm is much better and he drove us home to Texas on Wednesday. We took several toll roads as we crossed Oklahoma, including the Indian Nation Turnpike. We have decided that, although the traffic is much lighter than on the interstate, the roads aren’t well maintained and it’s really not worth the $$$.
The dogs are enjoying themselves, especially since the park has several miles of walking trails that wind through the piney woods and a fishing pond where they take dips.
The foliage is lush and beautiful. Even though most of the leaves haven't taken on their fall colors, the beauty berry bushes are loaded! We even found a few pink ones among the purple.
We are in this particular area to discuss some proposed modifications to our truck bed with a couple of guys who specialize in that work. As a result, we’ve been driving around the area a bit. Just outside the small town of Gilmer, we came upon a very unusual sight.
Some 30 fence panels were hung with women’s bras in every size and color imaginable. We turned around for a better look, and saw this sign in front of the house.
Knowing there was certainly a story here, I consulted Google and learned that the fence is a project of Breast Cancer Survivor Cynthia Clark. After her mastectomy in 2010, Cynthia didn’t know what to do with all her bras. She decided to use them to raise awareness of breast cancer and the need for women to get a yearly mammogram, since that is how her cancer was detected. She solicited help from family and friends, and In October of 2011, she, her daughter and granddaughter decorated the fence with bras.
Women continue to donate bras to the cause, and each October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) Cynthia hangs bras on the fence around her house to raise awareness and help prevent this disease. The number of bras displayed has now grown to over 800. We were very fortunate to be in the area this month, and hope to see even more bras if we visit next October.
(But I do think John looks a little guilty, don't you?)