Archive for November, 2012

The Next Generation

November 23, 2012

Today, I am giving thanks for generous help.  We recently moved to a 1929 vintage farmhouse because I needed to relocate for a job change.  We are preparing for a complete remodel of the kitchen.  I needed to get a washer and dryer out of the area where the kitchen is going and down into the basement.  I also needed to get a new refrigerator out the crate in the garage and into the house where we could at least use it while it awaits placement in the new kitchen.

The basement stairs are steep and narrow.  The appliances wouldn’t go through any of the doors with the doors still on (including the doors on the ‘fridge).  For that matter, the fridge wouldn’t fit through the door next to the garage, and had to go across the yard on the grass to the front door.  I have an appliance dolly, but this just wasn’t a one-person job.

I asked the college-age son of my neighbor a half-mile to the north to give me a hand.  He is only home for the thanksgiving weekend to spend time with his family.  But he didn’t hesitate to say yes.  He worked with a will for the two hours it took to get the appliances moved, even helping me to put the doors back on the refrigerator.

At the end of the labor, he wouldn’t accept any payment.  His reason?  “This is just what neighbors do”, he said.  So if you wonder about the hands the country is going into for the next generation, I would say at least in rural Iowa, the future looks bright.

Thanks Will!



November 11, 2012

After two inches of rain today, I watched an earthworm pressing forward, straight as a string, across the pavement. Have you seen the ultimate outcome of this behavior? The ground becomes saturated and the worm is looking for higher ground. I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. Actually, the worm reminded me of a Bible verse, which I’ll paraphrase: There is a way that seems right, but in the end, it leads to death. I think this last election is like that. Most voted for a way that seems right to them (of course). But, with every increase in government control, our freedoms and our opportunities for self determination die a little more. And so I ask, forward to what?