Bridges are an interesting topic. The word bridge has many meanings. We use it to describe the span between two pieces of land, the physical object we walk or ride over or through. These bridges come in long expanses like the seven mile bridge in the Florida Keys or the Manchac Swamp Bridge in Louisiana (one of the longest bridges in the United States) or the Golden Gate Bridge, a famous and commonly photographed bridge that connects to San Francisco. They also come in small sizes, like the West Liberty Covered Bridge in Geneva Ohio, which is only eighteen feet across.
In New Hampshire, we love our covered bridges. We delight in the history and thoughts of a simpler time now long gone. There are more than fifty covered bridges in the state from Henniker to Pittsburg all in various shapes and sizes and all with varied histories. Then you have stone bridges (for which our antiques business is named after), bridges made completely from stone.
In the English language, we use the word bridge in many other ways. We can “bridge the gap,” have “water under the bridge,” or “cross that bridge when we get to it.” We can bridge two scenes in a book or burn the bridges between two characters. There is also the “bridge to nowhere,” “the bridge over troubled water,” and in England they have a term called “painting the fourth bridge.” (A term that describes something that takes so long to do that by the time you’re done you have to start all over again.)
Bridges invoke many thoughts in our minds, from the dynamic rail bridges that seem to defy gravity to simple foot bridges in a formal garden. It helps us both build friendships and end bad relationships. It seems like such a simple word yet its meaning is broad and can be used in so many ways.
As you are out and about, look closely for those bridges you would like to cross, find bridges you would like to build and remove the bridges that cause you trouble. And take a few pictures along the way.