Under glazed hazel, fibrous tissue tugs, fixing eyes to matching four inch screens. Father and son synchronize strides along the cement path. Colorless injection molded earbuds drown cardinal song, eddies whispering rivulet secrets, and eighteen wheelers thumping across the concrete and steel bypass twenty feet above. Stopping, the boy slaps his dad on the shoulder, points, then shouts, “Listen!” The irony of this exclamation from self-induced deafness is lost, while curious attention focused on two syllables yanks them from oblivion for a few minutes.
Random horned bovinae and a derelict timber mill are but two curiosities greeting the (intentionally) lost along Madison County’s rural backroads.
Listen to four minutes, thirty-three seconds:
After the crash, Weyerhaeuser closed its Colbert facility. From the 2008 press release:
“Demand for engineered wood products continues to decline due to a slowdown in the housing market. As a result of these challenging market conditions, the Colbert facility will close for an indefinite period of time while we continue to balance supply with demand.”
Let’s hear it for the trees!
“The true opposite of obedience is not disobedience but independence. The true opposite of order is not disorder but freedom. Most profoundly, the true opposite of control is not chaos but self control.”
Click here to read Jay Griffith’s Orion magazine article entitled The Politics of Play, Seeking Adventure in a Risk-Averse Society.