Thursday, July 21, 2016

Left to Rust

I don't know the story of this junk pile in our woods.  It must be the spot the previous owner decided to store his unwanted items - "left to rust."  This old car is not visible during the summer it is covered with grasses and weedy vines.  I took these pictures earlier this spring.  

 The ground here is all clay, so the old items have sunk in and are there to stay.  We would love to pull out this old piece of equipment, however the tree wants to keep it more than we want to move it.  

I'm sure some people look at these pictures and think - yuk..get rid of that stuff.  Others will look at it and think - junk.  I don't see the rust as much as the patina.  All aged and well worn, full of history and stories.  Truth is, just like these old pieces of metal, if one is "left to rust" one will.  

I turned 50 in June.  I have a list of things to do, I'm still working on....  Al will be 50 in November.  While making hay this year, we both said "how many more years do you think we can do these small square bales..."  Our age is catching up with us I guess.  However, neither of us have any intentions of being "left to rust."  

On the contrary, in the past 10 days or so, I've helped with VBS, hosted Jacky's Craft Camp, organized information for a county wide 4-H collections project and attended a special meeting for a Laura Ingalls Wilder display with other members of the Wisconsin Valley Fair board.  I was asked to provide props for 3 themed rooms for a whole wing of our exhibition building.  Yep, I'm not rusting...

You don't have to do all of that - I shouldn't either!!  However, the lesson here is, don't stop working, doing things for others, your church and community.  Yes, the rust tells a story and has history - you will too.    

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.    

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