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  • You think you know how. You have read books, lots of them you check out from the library. I've seen you there and tried to greet you but I was invisible to you or you are very shy. You have studied this farming thing. You are going to do it the right way; you know, with draft horses, suspenders, and a leather hat. You have lots of money support it seems. You are rude to the rest of us when we try to let you know what we know about the old apple trees on the the farm you bought. You don't think there is a need to know anything about this place from those who have been here a while. Too bad. You know all there is to know and you are not yet thirty.

    You have a beautiful pair of Belgians that you got for a wedding present I imagine. I imagine because you do not talk to us. You are going to use them to plow and pull wood and you build them beautiful stalls in the small barn you fixed up first. We the neighbors are impressed. You did a nice job.

    You tear down the house that reeks of decades worth of nicotine smoke and greasy food while spending two winters in a yurt with your wife and first born child just born and then crawling and then walking. It reminds me of the first winter we spent in our house which was really no more than a camp. We did have running water by Christmas and eventually an indoor toilet. It was warm upstairs. That is where I spent the winter - in the bedroom. Of course I was older and had had enough of living with leaky roofs and squirrels by then.

    The second summer you plowed up below the old town house in a low spot and planted squash which did not thrive. There were lots of young folks working for you that summer but progress was slow and the summer seemed to sag. To your credit at the end of that summer you took your horses up the hill and plowed high ground for the following year. The thing I find interesting is that you seem to always wear costumes when you work like this is all a play you have a role in.

    You had gotten the house started up in the spring and insulated by fall. Your wife was pregnant again and this time there was a house to winter in. You learn well but hard on your own. You do nice work. I wish you well. I hope you are not as lonely as you seem.
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