Saturday, February 18, 2023

Barn Fire

Gus headed out to the barn after lunch and set aside his pending decision about what to grow in the north field. Instead, he set to work prepping the barn door for a fresh coat of paint. 


He mused that even though he might be older than most people, he has collected more memories. One particularly stunning memory was a barn that caught fire in 1954 when he was 6 years old.  After getting the animals out in time, his family stood back and watched. He felt the terrible heat while listening to the crackle of the fire.  They watched their barn burn to the ground. At times, though terrifying, such events could be awesome as well.  


Barns can be rebuilt, as was this one.  As was the previous one. Except for the doors, this latest one was made mostly of metal and concrete. 


And the days of flammable gas lanterns were long gone. 


These memories made his solitude more interesting. And he was happy to have survived some of the more gnarly ones. He has reached a point in his life where he enjoys looking back and appreciating all that life has had to offer. 

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