A woodpile of stories
to unload on the future neighbours
Almost fifty, I’m hoping to have some sort of control over what kind of annoying elderly person I’ll become.
I’m planning on telling stories about my woodpile.
There are pieces of wood in the woodpile that predate me owning my home. They are relics. There are small scraps from each and every renovation stacked neatly next to the house.
Each year I buy new wood to burn.
Each year, I save a few pieces from the year or two before.
I’m amassing a collection of dry and brittle sticks.
Each time I move these pieces of wood, I’m reminded of what was going on last year when I moved them. Or the year before. Or during the time I decided to save them for later.
This woodpile is more than a pile of wood. It’s a stack of stories wrapped up in labour.
I imagine that as I age, I’ll corner unsuspecting young parents, struggling with a child in one arm and their dinner in the other. I’ll be carrying some old wood from the woodpile. I’ll launch into stories about my woodpile. I’ll recount stories of the neig…
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