The Rock Wall

Posted November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

Adrian and Davis made it home, ate, slept, voted and left. It was good having them both here.

I really enjoy listening to them and their momma laugh. They just feed off of each other. I just sit back in the room with them or within earshot and listen to it happen.

I do the same thing when we visit Kimball’s childhood friend, Camille. I couldn’t begin to keep up with the conversation if I tried. They flit through long ago friends and acquaintances quicker than I thought, at least quicker than I can figure out what or who they are talking about.

If I understood correctly, Davis observed that Kimball’s laughing had dislodged her heart and maybe some other vital organs. Then the trio tried to figure out where they went, but I don’t think they even considered what to do about it. Maybe laugh some more.

– An old farmer’s words of wisdom. I can’t remember if I’ve shared this with you before, which means that if I did, I forgot part of it:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. I think that’s what Byron Hamilton was talking about Tuesday morning behind my building. But the rope fence kept him out, so it worked. Poet Robert Frost had one neighbor say, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but the other neighbor questioned it wondering if his pine trees or the other guy’s apple trees were going to encroach.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumblebee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Dad spent some time in the hayfield lying under his John Deere swatting bumblebees as they circled to get down to his level. Bumblebees don’t dive bomb like a wasp. I’ve heard that hornets are even worse. I almost shot a hornet’s nest I saw in a tree near Cowickie Creek in Lake Eufaula, AL. So glad I didn’t.

Meanness don’t just happen over night.

It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

Most of the things people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Silence is sometimes the best answer.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you. A friend in college saw a big guy beating up on a smaller guy. He told the bigger guy to pick on somebody his own size. He did.

Don’t corner something that is meaner than you are. That’s what my friend did.

– Hope you have a successful, fun and safe deer season. I also hope we don’t see each other. It’s safer that way – way out of sight, out of the line of fire.