Saturday, September 10, 2011

Big Red Barn

By the big red barn in the great green field...

How often had I read Big Red Barn by
Margaret Wise Brown as a nursery school teacher & a parent...
never quite imagining that I would open my back door
one day so many years later to this view.

Never quite imagining that I would live the lessons of the Big Red Barn...
those icons that still dot our countryside, but are also aging & leaving us.
The lessons taught in a barn about life & loss,
about stoic strength,
about something so pure & genuine it can make your heart hurt.

I never quite imagined that I would come to know so well:
  •  the feel of a barn door, as you pull it along the track
  • the majesty of the hand built construction
  • and the genuine, sincere warmth that awaits within
Just last week Dave shared with me that his favorite walk
 was from our house to the barn.
To our Big Red Barn -- the heart of the farm.
A sanctuary - our sanctuary.

1 comment:

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Yes, my walk from my house to my garage just doesn't hold the same poetic charm. I can't wait to walk out to your barn in October.

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