Burninating the Countryside

James says, “It’s HOT. You don’t TOUCH.”

The past few times we’ve been over at Peter and Bethany’s, someone has built a fire, “for the children to play with.” They are well-supervised, but the fire does bring out their inner wild things.

It’s so companionable, to sit around the fire and listen to it snap. To swap babies around. To toss in a handful of leaves just to see the flames rise.

We live in a beautiful valley, and the gloaming is perfection.

Speaking of fire.

Bethany showed me this video for “Man on Fire” last winter, and I pull it up whenever I’m feeling kind of bummed. It is beautiful.

And, for those who didn’t recognize the title…


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