Anna Kuerner and her husband Karl immigrated from their home in Germany
to Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania.
Together with their growing family, they farmed a hillside
which now is filled with buttercups in the spring.
I stood amongst those buttery yellow harbingers
on a warm afternoon in May
studying the wide stuccoed front porch
of their 19th century farmhouse
and noticed a break in the solid rectangular lines
of the main house.
when you first step into the kitchen
this doorway is to your left.
Through it you can see a passageway
from the kitchen
and then the window
and on into the room.
Karl built this woodshed
attached to the house
so that Anna,
who insisted on cooking with a wood fired oven,
would not have to go out in inclement weather
to fetch her fuel.
On this stormy
weather heavy day…
I’d say there’s a special kind of love
in that gesture.