Grandma’s Memory

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Over the weekend I sat with my 89-year-old grandmother. She began to tell me that when she first moved to Santa Clara County in Northern California there where just orchards upon orchards. She said that once a gentleman told her that soon there would be no more orchards and that the orchards would turn to developments which would turn to cities which would house skyscrappers. She thought this was the most futuristic piece of information she ever heard. She delights in the fact that she, in a lifetime, has seen this prophecy unfold.

The caption for this postcard says:
The Santa Clara Valley was once known as “The Valley of Hearts Delight” due to the hundreds of orchards that once gave the valley a garden of Eden-like atmosphere.

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