My cousin helped.
Auntie Lydia & Uncle Lucius lived just across the corn field and down the road from Father & Mother's house on the hill.
Mother never explained why they only had one child. Lucas. I always found this very strange since there were four others at my house. All the homes in town had several children living in them. Except for Auntie Lydia & Uncle Lucius. Only one. Maybe that's why they raised chickens. Seven houses full of chickens.
In the springtime when the corn was freshly planted I loved walking thru the fields and down the road to visit my cousin Lucas.
In the summertime when the corn was high I would take the long way around to go play with Lucas. Snakes. The corn fields were full of them by mid summer. My brothers would stand by the edge of the cornfield and shoot them. Not me. I never liked guns or snakes. Lucas would see me as I turned the bend and come running towards me. I'd start running towards him. I know Lucas was lonely being just one but as one of five it's what I dreamed of being. Uncle Lucius built Lucas a treehouse down close to the river.
That was our favorite place to play. We could spend all day playing with each other in the treehouse. Until Auntie Lydia would yell down from the house "it's time to feed the chickens boys"! Down the steps and over to where the chickens lived. I loved the feeder. It was full of grains and Uncle Lucius would pull it down a track that ran from one end of the chicken house to the other. It had a brake. When ever we came up to a watering pump
would stop put the brake on and Lucas & I would toss the grains to the chickens. Uncle Lucius would pump the water and fill up the troughs. Brake off and then down the track to the next pump and then brake on. Feed & water more chickens. Seven houses of chickens. Lucas and I always wanted to ride inside the grain cart. Uncle Lucius said we were to big.
One afternoon after Auntie Lydia & Uncle Lucius had gone into town we did it anyway. Rode the grain feeder. I'd get in and Lucas would push me all thru the chicken house. Then his turn to ride and mine to push. Together we came up with a great plan. Once the grain feeder got to going fast the one pushing would jump in and we would ride together. Now this was fun. Taking turns riding-pushing-in & out. Until the grain feeder started swinging and ran into one of the watering pumps bursting it and causing the chicken house to flood. Real fast. Lucas and I didn't know what to do so we ran back up into the treehouse. Our favorite place to play with each other. It wasn't long before Auntie Lydia & Uncle Lucius got back from town and we heard Uncle Lucius yelling "Lydia those damn boys have done drowned the chickens". Auntie Lydia's reply "guess we better invite some folks over for dinner Lucius".
I loved Auntie Lydia & Uncle Lucius. And especially cousin Lucas. We loved playing with each other.
Remind me to tell you about the time I choked the chicken. My cousin helped.