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The Old Log Barn
When I was growing up in the fifties, much of our time was spent in our log barn. My dad and his neighbors built it around 1940 and the logs and lumber came from our farm. Every morning and night we would milk cows in the old barn. We would use a separater to separate the cream from the milk. The cream would be poured in cream cans and taken to a dairy. We didn't make much money but it was a steady year around income. I can remember many times milking cows while I listened to Harry Carey and the St. Louis Cardinals on my portable radio. My favorite part of the old barn was the loft. In the summer it would be filled with square bales of hay. This was a great place to play hide and seek. Also, when down in the dumps, the hay loft was a great place to go where you could be alone. I loved laying in the hay on rainy days listening to the rain on the metal roof. We also had a corn crib in our old barn. My brothers and I have had many corn cob fights in that old barn. Occassionally, someone would get hurt and our parents would tell us to stop those corn cob fights. But we would always conveniently forget and have another fight. As a boy I envied other kids whose dads had hourly jobs working in factories or working for the forrest service. I thought I was being abused having to work many hours on our farm. I now realize that I was making some of the greatest memories that anyone could ever have. I am now a school teacher but in the summer I bale a few thousand square bales of hay. I even put some of the hay in that old log barn. I am restoring it and I hope some day my kids and grandkids will have the kinds of memories that I have of the old log barn.

Submitted By: Rick Gray from AR on 2005-02-03

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