Nothing like a 3-year-old spark plug


It was a gray and dreary morning. Not much happening. Not much to spark the day. Until the phone rang.
When I answered, I knew right away it was the most important caller I could ever hope for. It was the excited breathing that gave it away.
“Hey, Aunt Dobee! I been workin’ on our list!” Blayne, age 3, said to me. Blayne, who will be turning 4 in February, is the best little farm boy around. He has a younger brother, Brayden, in training, who is definitely showing all the positive signs of attaining success in this category, as well.
Taking care of it. “I been thinkin! I was wondering if you’ve been thinkin’ too. Let’s get workin’ on our list!” Blayne said with great enthusiasm.
I told him I thought we needed a barn for our farming operation when he and Brayden come to my house to play.
“Yeah! A REAL barn! A real barn with doors so the horses can go in and out,” Blayne agreed. I said, “OK, let me write that down


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Judith Sutherland, born and raised on an Ohio family dairy farm, now lives on a 70-acre farm not far from the area where her father’s family settled in the 1850s. Appreciating the tranquility of rural life, Sutherland enjoys sharing a view of her world through writing. Other interests include teaching, reading, training dogs and raising puppies. She and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.