Heart of the Home

Musings on a stone fireplace, standing where a home once was

I’m often drawn to old stone fireplaces left standing on the outskirts of town after old dwellings have long since fallen down around them. As I stop to take a closer look, the structure fires up my imagination. I wonder what the home looked like and picture the peaceful scene inside. I can’t help but imagine who kept warm here on a cold night. What kinds of conversations were had by the fire? Did children live here? Was the fire used for preparing meals? But tonight and perhaps for the next several decades, this former focal point of a home, now standing alone amid prickly pear and live oaks, will merely keep company with coyotes and bobcats.

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