Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Responsible adult


The pull of the road is strong even though I just got back from a quick 5 day road trip to Minnesota.

The long and winding road.

I know I’ve been gone the majority of this summer, off to Alabama, or up north to camp or to DC for a meeting. Or somewhere.

The soybeans are turning yellow. There’s no time to lose!

If I was a responsible adult I’d buckle down and get some things done around here.

Little puffy clouds were starting to pop up.

If I was a responsible adult I’d work on weeding the gardens.

Hundreds of swallows were enjoying the warm sun.

I’d order more mulch and get it spread before we turn the corner toward winter.

The classic red barns in yellow fields of soybeans.

If I was a responsible adult I’d unpack Katie’s luggage and put it all away so that I can find her stuff again when she has to go back to camp.

A lonely white barn sits with a bit of attitude on a small hill.

In fact, I’d clean out her cupboard in the laundry room where years of stuff she no longer uses are stored in sloppy piles.

There was a barn around every corner.

If I was a responsible adult I’d empty out the freezer and toss out all that frost covered unidentifiable stuff hiding in the back.

I loved the green stripes in this plowed field, combined with the wildflowers up front and the clouds above.

If I was a responsible adult I’d sort through the camping gear and toss the stuff that is old, broken, moldy or never used.

Then there was this field, full of dark green sugar beet foliage, followed by the yellow of soybeans and the barn off in the distance.

Then I’d rearrange it on the shelves in the basement so I knew what I had before next season comes around.

Barns closeup are interesting too.

If I was a responsible adult I’d do the same for the pantry. You don’t even want to know what old, broken, moldy or never used stuff is in there.

So many old barns.

If I was a responsible adult I’d clean out the oriole bird feeder and put it away for the season. The hummingbird feeders need some attention too.

A touch of red among the yellow, blue and white.

But I haven’t done any of that. Instead I heeded the call of the road and went in search of barns.

It was a good afternoon for photography.

And I don’t feel guilty one bit.

A spectacular late summer day on the farm.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “Responsible adult

  1. Nope. I wouldn’t either. With barns and skies like this to be photographed–look at all you would be missing! Onward to the road, Dawn.


  2. Good for you! We have had years of being a responsible adult – of rising early each morning and going to work, coming home to cook dinner and do laundry, and weekends spent cleaning house and getting ready for the next week of work. Toss in a week or so now and then of being a responsible adult, and you’re doing just fine.

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  3. Don’t blame you one bit! Let others be the responsible adult once in a while. You’ve made a lot of people happy by posting these lovely barn photos! (And that work will still be there when winter comes and you can’t get outside!)


  4. And that was the right thing to do! 🙂 Thanks for being such a great role model and proving that it’s ok to simply follow one’s heart and soul.


  5. Being a responsible adult is overrated. 🙂


  6. Looks like you had a good trip, I like to photograph barns too! There will be time this winter to do all the responsible stuff:)


  7. All those things on that very long ‘to do’ list will still be there when you get back. I think it looks like a perfect day for photography. I love all the barns! Great shots!!

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    • I’m glad I went. It was a perfect day and now all the soybean fields are brown. Still pretty but not spectacular. Plus the clouds that day were wonderful! And I only had to go about an hour away from home, so it all worked out.


  8. So glad you chose to take us on vacation instead of doing chores at home!


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