In the depth of my memory my grandfather’s barn is a prominent fixture. I believe that I must have spent as much time in the old one room schoolhouse that became his barn as I did in the woods. That’s the thing about a one lane road lifestyle. We sleep in houses but we live in barns. Our small barn was little more than a place to keep the grain and hay. There was a few scattered antique farm tools and I remember seeing shoes for oxen. After a couple of years of shots to treat my allergies I was able to go into the barn without having an episode. My brother and I would listen to my grandfather’s stories about France in World War Two and go to the old barn with our BB guns and pretend to be pinned down behind enemy lines with the barn as our base of operations and corn cobs for grenades. Later in life the barn was also a makeshift gym where grain sacks became weights and hay bales were punching bags. Of course there was plenty of actual work in the barn and there was days when the dog and I would just sit on a stack of hay bales and think about stuff. That barn had to be torn down years ago but every time I pass a barn it all comes back to me. The sweet smell of fresh grain and hay as well as the feel of well weathered wood will forever return me to childhood.
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