Essay — The old barn

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Carpenter Country’s barn is weather-beaten and dated.

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Over the years, the roof sheltered owls and flying squirrels from the wind and rain.

The walls protected horses, dogs, cats, and raccoons.

Now the roof needs shingles and the paint is faded.

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We asked, “What good is an old barn?”

Then the wind blew and the weather vane affixed to the barn’s roof spun in a circle.

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Without the barn, what would become of the weather vane?

How would anyone know in which direction the wind was blowing?

Where would the bluebird perch to watch over her mate and fledglings?

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What good is an old barn?

We have our answer.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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