Monday, August 29, 2005

a new life

The crew leader is young and fit, one of those taking up the torch from those who've had their heyday. He opens his mouth to speak and I am taken aback by his words, "Yes, we're removing the exterior barn siding and battens which will be used in the construction of a nature center in Bourbonnais, Illinois."

It was a sunny morning and at that moment I'd wished I had worn my sunglasses. It would hide the misty stuff building up in the corner of my eye. Turning quickly and looking into the gaping hole I secretly wished the young man wouldn't notice. He was probably thinking I was an aging, barn-hugging hippie freak.

It's amazing sometimes how things work out. All these months I'd dreaded the loss of the barn. I still will miss it's looming presence on the landscape, but the barn will live on in a different form - a shelter for educating people about nature. It will continue a new line of work for years to come. And when the nature center has outlived it's usefulness......who knows?

Perhaps someday I'll drive down to Bourbonnais, and visit an old friend.


pilgrim said...

Another great one. I love the entire series of pictures and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I got goose bumps when I read this. Bless whomever decided to preserve this treasure.

Floridacracker said...

I love a happy ending.

srp said...

How wonderful. This looked like such a wonderful and well kept barn.