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Good neighbors and old cows

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This post touched my heart. Thank you for sharing. I felt like I knew both those old men. You did a really good job of writing this post.


 Comment Written 19-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi Barbara! Thank you so much...I'm always thrilled when you enjoy my little tales and send wishes too, for you and your family to have a really nice Christmas! Thank you again, the extra star shines bright! x
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The old tractor died in the weed--the beginning.
The old farmer died in the barn/hay--the ending.
A very nice parallel in that they both died doing the work that gave them purpose.
A dear friend hoped to bring the tractor back to life just as he hoped he had found Melvin in time to save him.
But the world around him goes on. Birds sing. The sun is warm and Melvin's old dog, Rusty, sits with Raleigh, much as Melvin probably did, in a rocking chair on the porch as he waits for the ambulance to take his friend's body away.

Poignant. Friendship. Sorrow.

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 Comment Written 19-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi Ellen! Thank you so much! It's always a real pleasure to see you enjoy my efforts. I was remembering my dad, who was such a good neighbor to everyone and was always there when someone needed him. Our last name was Melvin. And of course, dad had old cows and old tractors too. Hugs for being here! x
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Really enjoyed this, a well written story. I definitely would like to read more of your work. At the moment I am just beginning exploring writing, and I haven't managed to explore but I am inspired to make a start now


 Comment Written 19-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 19-Dec-2015
    Hi there! I hope you'll begin! Just do it, as they say. I used to be so afraid...of rejection. But people here are nice and will help you! Best to you and many thanks for this kind and welcome review! Suse
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I am surprised how much PATHOS. you squeezed out of this vignette about two old friends--farmers-- who were more than neighbors. You do several things extremely well: (1) You put us there in Melvin's pasture and then his barn and finally at the site of his death. (2) You characterize both Melvin and his friend Raleigh in a very realistic way. The reader does NOT have to be a farmer to appreciate the kind of friendship they had. (3) You use the purple clover as a motif symbolizing the love f land each man had. In addition, the tractor comes to symbolize Melvin, the old friend now dead in the field. Beautifully crafted and a real pleasure to read. Rod


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reply by the author on 20-Dec-2015
    Thank you again Rod...your review is really encouraging and I really appreciate your time to detail your thoughts on this story. You really delved into the gist of it and that always helps! Also an extra star always brightens my dark computer room! :)

reply by RodG on 20-Dec-2015
    Glad I could brighten up your computer room a bit. Loved the story. Rod
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It's hard to imagine The eighteenth century where people were born and died in the same community. This is very well written with a smooth flow of words.

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 Comment Written 19-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi Charlie! Thank you so much. I was remembering my dad with this one...he was such a good person to everyone. Even neighbors who weren't nice. My maiden name is Melvin and so used that for this. Hey, and have a really nice Christmas too, okay? It's great to hear from you! x
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very nice quite a well written story You have a way of carrying the reader along, wanting him to just keep reading. Great story also. Nice job.

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 Comment Written 19-Dec-2015



reply by the author on 20-Dec-2015
    Hi William! Thank you so much! It's a joy to know you liked this and I really appreciate a kind and thoughtful review too. Merry Christmas! :)
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