What This American Trucker Has to Say About Barns Will Leave You In Tears

This is a submission from one of my Twitter followers. 

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I am an over the road truck driver. I see things and have a lot of time to think about them. What I’ve been noticing lately is all the old wooden barns falling down.  

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I can remember seeing these same barns as a kid when mom and dad too us on road trips when I was a kid. Most of them were still in use one way or another if only to house tractors. They were weathered and old even when I was a kid nearly 50 years ago. My guess is these barns are in the neighborhood of 100 years old.  

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I can imagine when they were built using hand saws and hammers. The men who built them must have been very proud of their work. I would be proud to build a wooden building by hand that could stand for a century. 

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But now just 100 yeas later, a blink in human history, all their hard work is collapsing in the middle of corn fields. What is left of these men who sweated and labored to build these buildings that they must have taken such pride in?   

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Their children, grand children and great grandchildren… are left. The barns they built and took such pride in are falling down, but their descendants are the living monument to their lives.

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2 thoughts on “What This American Trucker Has to Say About Barns Will Leave You In Tears”

  1. I see a lot of dilapidated wooden barns in my area. Their former glory fills me with pride at the accomplishments of men who tamed the land and bent nature to their will “with these two hands,” as my children tease me for often saying. They are the men I admire and aspire to be like. However, the derelict structures fill me with melancholy. Not only at the history that is allowed to fade away, but also, the skills to create and maintain them that have largely perished. Skills that would extend the useful lives of these barns several more generations.
    The old wooden barns, as susceptible to the elements and ravages of time as they, have a character and charm that lacks in the modern metal barn. I have doubts metals barns will prove to be longer lived than their wooden predecessors. The cost and speed factors are what cause metal barns to prevail. If you have a wooden barn, maintain it, cherish it as long as you can, and use it to keep it from foundering. Each of them is truly irreplaceable.

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  2. These barns could have been preserved. There are wooden churches in Norway that are 1000 years old. They are collapsing in sympathy with our collapsing culture. The root causes are the same: apathy, isolation, loss of tradition, loss of independence, loss of spirit.

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