SCENES LIKE THIS sadden me.
Why was this house abandoned? Did the owner fall ill or die? Or simply move to a better and more spacious home? Or did lack of finances factor into this abandonment? Or a personal crisis?
This scene in unincorporated Alma City in western Waseca County, rural Minnesota, is all too familiar. Houses that once sheltered families stand deserted, paint peeling, wood softening to a weathered grey.
What stories does this house hold? What memories were made here? Does anyone care that this house is no longer a home?
And what about that rusting truck? What routes did it travel? Back county roads, gravel roads, field drives? Perhaps to the hardware store, the grain elevator, a local cafe.
Who steered the wheel of this GMC? Perhaps a farmer or a retired farmer.
All these things I ask because my mind works that way. Inquisitive, ranging around thoughts, always wondering.
TELL ME: What short story would you write about this scene?
Note: This image was taken in October, well before winter arrived in Minnesota.
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