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Date:10/21/2014 6:39:28 PM
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Honoring the Dead, Part II
Honoring the Dead. The axe had belonged to My Ruthie's father George. The only writing stamped on it reads: "Cold Forged". I estimate that it must be over a century old. As I sat in the garage porch sharpening it I prayed to ol' George to safeguard me against any mishap and to ask God to help me in my work on the land. Now the "Cumberland Trail" was what David and Ma had named the path that led past the apple orchard in the valley up the eastern part of my Home Hill and then over to David's property. David and Belle Soeur Susie had in the past kept the trail open. The three scraps of plowed ground was what David had prepared last year in hopes of attracting deer for that year's hunting season. It hadn't turned out that way, as you now know. We never hunted last Autumn.

So on that day I honored the dead. I used George's axe to help me clear the Cumberland as I pushed the wheelbarrow throughout the length of La Ferme Sabloneuse, planting three or four pumpkins seeds in each of the plots that David had plowed out and then sprinkling Miracle Grow on them. On one of the plots I saw that last year's deposit of detritus had caused lettuce plants and apple seedlings to sprout. Knowing full well that it was false hope, I fertilized those as well.

I honored the dead; by using their tools, their desires, and what was important both to them and their loved ones to carry on in our stewardship of the land. It is to me the best way to keep them alive in my heart. --Gary
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