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The Home - 19. Chapter 19

That evening I balanced my books. My reserves were getting a little too low. Thinking about the possibility of selling one of the gold coins, I called the coin collector, who offered 2000 dollars for the coin. When he answered the phone, I told him who I was and remind him of the gold coin. I told him I was willing to sell it to him for 2000 dollars. The way he was talking, I think I made his day. We arranged to meet on Monday evening.

Sunday, Mom and Dad came over. I told Dad about selling the gold coin to his friend. “He’s a nice guy. Some collectors like to lower the price when they buy and raise the price when they sell. Whatever he pays you, it’ll be a fair price.”

I understood what Dad meant. I heard about these types of collectors. I walked with Dad to the barn, and I pointed out the trees and the paddock. He asked why the pump. I told him that we piped the stream into a tank, now we have water for the horses and chickens. He wondered how the healing system was working. So I showed him the hut where the furnace was installed. “It doesn’t put out enough heat to bring the temperature above 60. The boys said that was high enough for the horses.”

“How are your grapes?”

Waking toward the grapevines, “I think I’ll have a good crop this year. I read about trimming the vines to maximize the production of grapes. So I tried it. I’ll know this fall when I harvest them for wine.”

“You made some wine from last year, didn’t you?”

“Yes, when we go back to the house, I’ll let you taste it. I think it is good.” I felt Pa patting me on my back.

“How many salami and sausages did you make?”

“Uncle Angelo gave me a half of a pig and a half of a calf. I got several salamis, but not as many sausages. I cheated a little and added some veal to the pork for sausage.”

Walking toward the house, “I see your garden looks in good shape.”

“Yes, the boys have fertilized it with horse manure. They said that we would have a good crop, and we should expect a larger crop size. I’m not sure about that, but the plants look healthy.”

“What are those?”

“Potatoes, the boys wanted to try and see what they could harvest. Pa never bothered with many root vegetables. The beans, cucumbers, and potatoes will be new.”

Walking into the kitchen, “Where are the boys?”

“Probably in their apartment.”

“I’ll go and check. It looks like dinner is almost ready.”

Walking up the stairs to the apartment, I could hear them.

“Tom, what are we going to do for spring break. It would be nice to get away by ourselves.”

“Yes, we can’t go home. I still don’t understand why our parents are so pigheaded. We can’t help that we fell in love. It hurts to know they don’t want anything to do with us. I worked hard on our farm knowing that Dad didn’t have to work as hard.”

“You’re not the only one. I’m not sure who is going to run that thresher this year. It’s too big for Dad to handle. Jim is too young, and he’s going to have to hire someone.”

“They will miss us when it comes time for planting and harvesting.”

‘Yes, but they will never admit it.”

I listen to their discussion. It wasn’t right. It seems foolish when you realize their parents will have to pay for the work these boys did. I stomp as I took the last few steps.

“I came to tell you dinner is ready.”

“We’ll come as soon as we wash up.”

“Brad, do you think he heard us?”

“Don’t know. He knows we are gay and in love with each other. I’m sure he supports us. We have a place to live, and he feeds us. I don’t mind doing the work, and it isn’t that hard.”

Entering the kitchen, “The boys will be here as soon as they wash up. Dad, let’s go and taste my wine while we wait for them.”

Walking into the wine cellar, I took an empty bottle and filled it with the wine I made. “Tony, is this Pa’s wine?”

“No, that barrel is Pa’s. This one is mine. Pa’s wine is now vinegar. I think Mom will use it in her salad tonight.”

“Your sausage looks good.”

“I’ll give you some to take home. I guess you want a salami as well.”

“Well, if you insist.”

Walking into the kitchen laughing, Mom looked at us. “That wine must be pretty strong with the way you both are acting.”

“No, we didn’t drink any wine. This bottle has my wine in it. Did you use the wine vinegar?”

“Yes, I tasted it. It has a nice flavor.”

“If you want some, you can have it. I have a whole barrel of it.”

Mom had the tables set. I was pouring the wine into the glasses when the boys came into the kitchen.

Mom gave them a hug and a kiss on their cheeks. I saw the moist eyes of two young men. Remembering what I heard, I’m sure they were thinking about their mother.

Mom is an excellent cook, and I think she could make dry bread taste like cake. The one thing I noticed with the boys, there are never any leftovers.

Dinner conversation revolved around the garden, the horses, and what the boys and I would do for spring break. I told them I’d be staying home and will take care of the horses and chickens. The boys didn’t know what they were going to do.

“Since you are history majors, maybe a historical trip might be nice. You could visit places where history was made, like Gettysburg, Washington D.C., I’m sure if you plan a trip based on history, it’ll be fun.”

You could see the lights going on in their heads. Then the gloom, “That would be nice, but we don’t have that much money.”

“You wouldn’t need much. You could get camping gear and camp out. I’ll buy some camping gear you can use. This summer, I might like to go camping. This way, I’ll have the gear.”

The boys looked at each other, and you could see the gears grinding away. Mom patted me on the head as she passed my chair. Dad just smiled.

From that point on, dinner was great, the food was good, as usual. I had to fill another bottle of wine. I suggested Mom and Dad spend the night. I didn’t want them driving home after drinking several glasses of wine.

The Monday before the start of Spring Break, I went online and bought a camping outfit. Tent, propane stove, an extra tank of propane, air mattress, sleeping bags, cooler, folding chairs, lanterns. The equipment arrived that Friday. I put it in my office.

As I left the University on the last Friday before Spring Break, I was thinking about how surprised the boys will be with the camping equipment. That evening at dinner, “Have you boys decided what you will be doing the next two weeks?”

“We can’t go home, that’s for sure.”

“Where are your friends going?”

“I think most of them said they were going home. A few said they were going to head south and spend time on the beaches.”

“Have you thought about doing that?”

“Tony, we’re farm boys. We have swum in creeks and ponds. We got sunburned in the summer working the fields. We’re not into girls, and we are committed to each other.”

“Surely there must be someplace where you could go and enjoy the change of scenery. Maybe go hiking in the mountains. I heard there are some nice hiking trails in the Allegheny Mountains. You could even camp out.”

Tom looked at Brad, wiggled his eyebrows. “It would have to be day trips. We don’t have camping equipment.”

“If you want to go, I could lend you my equipment.”

“I didn’t know you had any camping equipment. There isn’t any in the storage room.”

“Follow me.”

Walking into my office, I showed the boys the equipment. They smiled as they examined the equipment. They had to check out the tent. I think they took it to the barn and slept in it that night.

The next morning, after breakfast, I handed them a box that I had packed the night before. Besides the food, there were two bottles of my wine. “There is enough food here to last five days. I have included a book about living in the wild. It will tell you what you can find in the woods that is eatable. Drive carefully, have fun.”

I wasn’t sure I could have accomplished as much as we did without the boys. I was anxious to hear about their adventure.

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The camping gear was a awesome gesture besides Tony will use it in the future.With all the sausage and salami and vegetables there if I lived there the only shopping I would do is I like flavored sparkling water other then that everything is already there

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Great chapter, it looks like a good harvest ahead, I hope that the camp out is great and enjoyable for both ,vi wonder if the homophobic parents will see the error of their ways

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Heartwarming. Brought tears to my eyes. You're right CLJ, there are a ton of families out there that are supportive, embracing, and loving while there are others that shun. Tom and Brad definitely have surrogate parents in Tony's Mom and Dad. As Tony said to his Dad a few chapters back and I paraphrase, it doesn't matter to me what they do in their bedroom, they love and care about each other and are good to me. There are so many good people in the world but often overshadowed by the few bad the world would probably be better off without. 

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1 minute ago, Chris L said:

Heartwarming. Brought tears to my eyes. You're right CLJ, there are a ton of families out there that are supportive, embracing, and loving while there are others that shun. Tom and Brad definitely have surrogate parents in Tony's Mom and Dad. As Tony said to his Dad a few chapters back and I paraphrase, it doesn't matter to me what they do in their bedroom, they love and care about each other and are good to me. There are so many good people in the world but often overshadowed by the few bad the world would probably be better off without. 

One of the mysteries I have a hard time understanding, a lot of that misery is caused by religion. My knowledge of religions, is that promote harmony and peace in a loving and caring atmosphere. I read and see so many words of hate using their so called holy books as supportive evidence. The need for people to feel that must have a cause, even if that cause is harmful, I do not understand. Sorry about my pontification.

You see to be a sensitive person, thanks for giving me a chance to vent a little.

 

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Tony has pretty much adopted the young men. Good for them. They appreciate everything he does for them. Great chapter!

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25 minutes ago, mfa607 said:

Tony has pretty much adopted the young men. Good for them. They appreciate everything he does for them. Great chapter!

And Tony appreciates everything they do for him. A true symbiotic relationship

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Absolutely awesome chapter.... Still loving Tony! When I was a kid we used to have a tent mum would pitch on the lawn before the orchard section of the garden. Remember its England, but on fine nights we used to have sleep overs in the tent... we loved it. Whne my oldest boy was ten we went camping with the other boys in the church and their dads. It was an awesome camp site and the walks and activities were fun but our camp section of the fields was on an incline... All night I kept getting woken up with my son rolling down the hill and landing on top of me... Never went again, the divorce happened soon after that. I reckon the boys will have fun, just tell them to watch out for the bears, I hear there are some cute looking hairy bears over there.🤣🤣🤣

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1 hour ago, Kev said:

 

Absolutely awesome chapter.... Still loving Tony! When I was a kid we used to have a tent mum would pitch on the lawn before the orchard section of the garden. Remember its England, but on fine nights we used to have sleep overs in the tent... we loved it. Whne my oldest boy was ten we went camping with the other boys in the church and their dads. It was an awesome camp site and the walks and activities were fun but our camp section of the fields was on an incline... All night I kept getting woken up with my son rolling down the hill and landing on top of me... Never went again, the divorce happened soon after that. I reckon the boys will have fun, just tell them to watch out for the bears, I hear there are some cute looking hairy bears over there.🤣🤣🤣

I don't think after all those boys went through they would be tempted by hairy bears. Come to think of it, I never seen a skinny bear or one with out hair. 

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1 hour ago, chris191070 said:

The boys will have a great camping trip 

They will. Camping outdoors is always interesting. They will be hooked on it

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9 hours ago, CLJobe said:

One of the mysteries I have a hard time understanding, a lot of that misery is caused by religion. My knowledge of religions, is that promote harmony and peace in a loving and caring atmosphere. I read and see so many words of hate using their so called holy books as supportive evidence. The need for people to feel that must have a cause, even if that cause is harmful, I do not understand. Sorry about my pontification.

You see to be a sensitive person, thanks for giving me a chance to vent a little.

 

Thanks for "pontifying" couldn't have said it better myself! 😉 

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8 hours ago, Chris L said:

Thanks for "pontifying" couldn't have said it better myself! 😉 

you are welcome

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18 hours ago, Chris L said:

Heartwarming. Brought tears to my eyes. You're right CLJ, there are a ton of families out there that are supportive, embracing, and loving while there are others that shun. Tom and Brad definitely have surrogate parents in Tony's Mom and Dad. As Tony said to his Dad a few chapters back and I paraphrase, it doesn't matter to me what they do in their bedroom, they love and care about each other and are good to me. There are so many good people in the world but often overshadowed by the few bad the world would probably be better off without. 

What a better world this would be if people accepted each other for who they are and not who they love.

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I do not think the proper way to grow carrots is by replantimg the tops unless you want to wait several months for the seed to set and with the smallness of carrot seed they would be very difficult to plant. The best way is to buy a roll of seeds which comes with seed stuck to a paper tape, then just lay the tape out on the soil and cover it lightly with a thin layer of dirt then water. That way the carrots grow up nicely spaced and easy to weed. Potatoes are a vegetables best grown by cutting one potatoe apart, making sure there is an eye in each piece and planting that. As the plants grow, they will send out roots  and then the  growing spuds will be harvested by pulling the whole plant out of the soil. If you grow peanuts, the flowers will droop and the nut will grow from the root that buries itself into the earth. Tou just pull them up at the proper time, allow them to air dry and cut the nuts off their root.

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On 3/6/2021 at 3:04 PM, Will Hawkins said:

I do not think the proper way to grow carrots is by replantimg the tops unless you want to wait several months for the seed to set and with the smallness of carrot seed they would be very difficult to plant. The best way is to buy a roll of seeds which comes with seed stuck to a paper tape, then just lay the tape out on the soil and cover it lightly with a thin layer of dirt then water. That way the carrots grow up nicely spaced and easy to weed. Potatoes are a vegetables best grown by cutting one potatoe apart, making sure there is an eye in each piece and planting that. As the plants grow, they will send out roots  and then the  growing spuds will be harvested by pulling the whole plant out of the soil. If you grow peanuts, the flowers will droop and the nut will grow from the root that buries itself into the earth. Tou just pull them up at the proper time, allow them to air dry and cut the nuts off their root.

I have grown potatoes that way. Carrots I have grown from seed, I haven't seen the roll of seeds you have mentioned. Although that would be a preferable way of growing any plant. I'm not much of a farmer, my father was raised on a farm and always had a small garden. My grandfather had a large garden which I helped to prepare the ground for planting. I remember he often let some of his plants go to seed. That is what he used for the next season planting.  During WW2, I think everyone had a small garden.

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