The Covered Wagon
The old covered wagon had set out in the back of the museum for years. Every once and a while a committee got together and restored the canvas covering, or pitched the wood to save it from insects.
Of course, it had it’s own bit of history. No one really remembered how the wagon got there though. The years had passed and ironically, memory failed most of the people associated with the museum. People just thought of it as the covered wagon.
“Marvin, aren’t there any historical documents about the covered wagon? Nothing at all?” Mary enquired.
“Nope, except for a bill of sale from the Johnstons. Anyway, it’s a covered wagon, a bit of history in its own right…whatever.” He said distractedly.
“Can I go through the archives?”
She looked for months and like many before her she never found any reference to the covered wagon. It was just one of hundreds of others that had gone through the town back in the late 1800s. The only interesting thing was that it was still there.
Of course it has its story, known only to itself. A sad little story. It was really a very common story to hundreds of other families throughout that period. A husband with his young wife and new born child. A case of diphtheria. The baby and young wife died. The man sold his wagon and abandoned his hopes and his dreams to a small farmer on the outskirts of town, he became an alcoholic. No one remembers his name, maybe they never knew it. Eventually, it being a useful piece of property, the wagon was salvaged then it was sold years later to the museum society.
A covered wagon…it’s history…whatever.
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1. (pronoun) a: anything or everything that
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2. (adjective) a: all the
b: any ; any … that
Used to refer to something that is not known
3. (adverb) Used to show that something is not important
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