Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015 - The Clock in the Barn

I think I might love old barns even more than I love old homes.  There’s a certain rawness and originality to an old barn.  Most assuredly, no one ever tried to “pretty up” a barn.  A roof leak would be attended to, but curtains and fresh paint inside?  Not a chance.  There’s not much style to an old barn and certainly no entertaining within its walls.

Because of this, barns more closely reflect the age in which they were made.  They also reflect the needs of the people during the time when they were built, which have most likely changed as the decades, and even centuries, have gone by.  The old barn says, “Yes, I was built for a cow, two horses, a handful of sheep, and several chickens.”  As the years tick by, the old barn still says the same thing.

Still waiting to serve.

Used to be everyone had a barn of some sort.  How could a proper household function without one?  Now they’ve been replaced by sheds for tools and garages for vehicles, but the sheds and garages don’t quite have that air of “I’m home” to them.  No, sheds and garages are necessary and helpful buildings, but who ever says, “I’m going out to the shed (or garage) for a bit?”  The old barn held the animals, some of which were friends, and certainly held the life experiences (like the first kiss!).  It’s just not the same in a shed or garage.

There’s a purpose to a barn, a real sense of accomplishment and commitment that has to be met every day.  The barn gives you a reason to get up in the morning.  The shed and garage do not.  The barn shelters your assets.  The shed and garage shelter your liabilities.  There’s a huge difference between the two, but most people seem to have forgotten that and get them confused, if they think about them at all.

Tick tock goes the clock, day after day and year after year.  It’s oddly comforting to know that the barn still says, “Yes, I was built for a cow, two horses, a handful of sheep, and several chickens.”

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