To Everything there is a Season

September 3, 2012

Though I live in the twenty-first century, and work in a twenty-first century fashion, my life still follows the rhythm of the seasons. During summers my wife and I tend a small garden, and spend our weekends and whatever summer vacation I have at a small camp on Lake Champlain in far northern Vermont.  Of course there is a lot of work to do keeping up two homes, but I love the lake in the summer. Unfortunately they are too short here in the northern USA.

Fall is harvest time, both in the garden and in my small but growing orchard. This summer was the first year that my peach trees bore fruit. Unfortunately raccoons nearly destroyed the trees removing those beautiful peaches. I am going to have to find a way to deal with those pests next summer, and my thoughts are not along the lines of trap and release. I’m considering a more permanent solution that involves the use of number three shot..

Come winter, it is time to hunker down in the north country. Aside from shoveling snow, it is also time to write, and I have a bit of that to do this year if I am to finish my novel before next summer, which is the plan. But that’s another story.

Then spring rolls back around, and it is time once again to plant and begin whatever summer projects my dear wife has lined up for me. A colleague of mine recently asked what I was doing for the weekend. I replied, “Whatever my wife tells me to do.”  –  He laughed at that, but I ask you; is that law not as eternal as that of the seasons? While men strut and cackle like roosters, does the hen not tend the nest and the rooster?

If you laugh at this proposition, you must obviously have never tended chickens, because an angry hen will beat the hell out of a rooster, if she takes the notion.  While the rooster struts, the hen rules, and to my way of thinking, it’s a better world for it.



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admin March 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Well, my wife and I have a conventional marriage. I have always worked, and she took care of the kids, and I have a couple of fine ones. While it may not be for everyone, it has certainly worked for us.


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