23. The Home Depot Parking Lot

Weirdly enough, the ghosts in the Home Depot parking lot on Gallatin may be the most upsetting ghosts in town. They don’t do anything particularly scary. They tend to walk across the open grassy area between the parking lot and the road, looking around like something is missing, and then they stand in the parking lot, looking confused or shaking their heads or standing with one hand on their hips and the other wiping the sweat off their brows.

Sometimes, they will turn to each other and converse, pointing to the empty space and gesturing about the general size and shape of the missing landmark.

The singer is still recognizable to people and so his presence is the most upsetting.  When they tore down the house, people said, softly to each other, so no one could hear, “Well, at least Mr. Reeves isn’t alive to see this.”

And yet, there he is, with Rev. Craighead and the Bradfords, standing in the parking lot, looking, for all intents and purposes, like folks who wish, just one more time, they could see a ghost.

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6 thoughts on “23. The Home Depot Parking Lot

  1. I’m sorry, but could someone explain a little for us non-locals? Did Jim Reeves’ house get torn down for a Home Depot?

  2. I thought you were going a whole different direction with this. In my town, one of the Home Depot parking lots is where men without working papers (mostly Guatemalans, Dominicans, and southern Mexican dudes) congregate to get hired as day laborers by whatever contractor needs extra men that day. It’s general knowledge, but everyone just looks the other way or looks through them. They’re just earning their living doing crap that no one else is lining up to do.

    I thought you were going to be writing about people who are ghosts because we will ourselves not to see them when it’s convenient.

  3. O.C., you’ve basically got it. Rev. Craighead built the house and then the Bradford family lived there for generations, and Jim Reeves bought it. It was one of the oldest, if not the oldest houses in Davidson county.

    The developer said that he was going to tear it down, the preservation people tried to stop him, and there was some shenanigans, and it was torn down.

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