We are diminished


As I wrote yesterday’s post about Justice Scalia I saw a tweet about a fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store.  To say it filled me with more emotion than the other news of the moment is an understatement. It was not a building that could handle any kind of fire. I’d hoped they’d save part of it, but I knew in my heart it was gone. There was a lot of very dry wood in that place. It never had a chance.

For those who read this who don’t live around here, Rabbit Hash is a small, unincorporated community in rural Boone County, KY. We can drive out there in about 20 minutes from our place. It’s a different world. A slower, better one. They made a movie about it. The General Store was the center of the center of the universe.

One beautiful October day a few years ago I needed to get my head together, so I drove out there and just hung out. It’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the news last night.

Thankfully no one was physically harmed in the fire last night. But lots of people were hurt.  And it’s going to hurt for a very long time.

There is a GoFundMe campaign organized by the owner of the store. Consider contributing if you’re able. The essential River City News has a remembrance.