Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Beauty of Old Barns

Old Barns Are Disappearing
I like old barns. I like barns. But no new barns are being built today that match the beauty and majesty of the old barn. Today, it seems most have a metal building put up. There’s no beauty in that.

The other day I received an email about old barns being like old people. I thought you might enjoy it. With the email were some pictures of old barns. Enjoy the pictures because they are disappearing fast.

Old Barns and Old People

A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy.

Barn1 He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, His hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn Sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale.

I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.

Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's Been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's Gone, and the wood has turned silver gray.

Barn2 Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful..

That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, Gazing at that old barn.

The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls Of his den in a new country home he's building down the road.

Barn3 He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and Scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us.

Sure we turn silver gray too... And lean a bit more than We did when we were young and full of sap.

Barn4 But the Good Lord knows what He's doing. And as the years pass He's busy using the hard weather of our lives,

The dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying Our souls that nothing else can produce.

And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy!

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away To beautify a rich man's house.

And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off To Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord Has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.

And I suspect we'll be more beautiful Then for the seasons we've been through here... And just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house. Barn5

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are Exactly where you are meant to be.

And I do sincerely Thank God for my wonderful friends and Family who care about me even though I show signs of weathering! Have a GREAT DAY!

~ Author Unknown

My Fishing Boat
I picked up my boat today after having it serviced. My fishing buddies Ralph and Doug helped me get the boat put up for the winter. They have been a lot of help to me since I have been slowed down with these blood clots in my left hind leg. I could not of made it without their help. I appreciate it so much!
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
What makes us rich? I think we are richer if we help others even in little ways. Have you? Made someone smile, gave them a good laugh, yielded a helping hand, given something out of love, forgiven someone,… These little things are like the golden thread that holds a meaningful life together.

Quote of the Day
There are lots of people who mistake their
imagination for their memory.
~Josh Billings

Joke of the Day

A woman burst out of the examining room screaming after her young physician tells her she is pregnant.

The director of the clinic stopped her and asked what the problem was. After she tells him what happened, the doctors had her sit down and relax in another room and he marched down the hallway where the woman’s physician was and demanded, “What is wrong with you? Mrs. Miller is 60 years old, has six grown children and nine grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?”

The young physician continued to write his notes and without looking up at his superior, asked, “Does she still have the hiccups?”

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madcobug said...

I love old barns myself. It's hard to get a picture of one these days. They are mostly behind someones house, out of reach of a camera.
That was nice of your friends to help winterize your boat. Love the joke of the day but it would but awful to get a scare of that sort. Helen

Brush Strokes said...

I love old barns and they are some of my favorite subjects to paint! As a matter of fact, I would not mind finding an old barn that could be restored to live in! Love ya! Cuz' Karen