Sometimes in today’s busy places you have to look really, really hard to find anything for your eyes to rest upon that gives you ease. This isÂ especially true for me when waiting for tire repairs at a certainÂ Christiansburg facility where the road is always being dug up again and more shoddy apartments and condos and commercial strips pile one upon the other, ad nauseum.
So I was pleasedÂ to discover, wandering around back of the sterile noisy place, that even here in what I think of as the armpit of Montgomery County, there isÂ a remnant patch of the farming community that once flourished here. Once. Then it was paved over, shouted down and left to decayÂ gracefully along the margins of the real world as we know it.
Old barns, among aged architectural remnants, strikeÂ me as particularÂ graceful and noble. Maybe it is that at the same time their lines are pleasing, they once were filled with busy-ness of a less hurried kind than what goes on in that commercial zone today. Those hand-built barns hummedÂ with the sound of human conversation, animal noises and their walls and stalls wereÂ filled with simple farm tools powered by those same animals and humans.
I do know that the metal barns that replace the old wood framed and sided structures leave me cold, even ifÂ the shape is more or less the same.
So I’ll just leave it at that, here on a Friday. I’ll be off shortly, running my mouth heading south, tour bus destination: the Blue Ridge Music Center–come rain or shine. And we’ll probably have some of both.