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The Home - 20. Chapter 20

During the first week of the break, I spent time in the garden, with the horses and gathering eggs. I think I missed a clutch, and I noticed the day before the boys were due back, a few peeps in the yard.

Mom and Dad came over on the weekend, and I spent Easter with them at their place. We made our usual Easter visit to our relatives. This seemed to be part of our holiday tradition. Mom had an Easter cake for everyone that we visited; that was a lot of cakes. I asked Mom if she wanted to deliver them in the carriage. I think she was going to say yes, but Dad said it would better in the car. I did drive the Olds.

When we arrived at Uncle Angelo’s, the boys checked out the Olds. I had a bottle of my wine for Uncle, and knowing my cousins, I had two extra bottles. My Uncle Angelo was the oldest of Nonna and Pa’s children. So he was like the head of our family. I looked up to him, and he always treated me well.

One thing happened when we were sitting around his fire pit waiting for the food to be cooked, “Tony, you need to have a girlfriend.” He looked at Mom, and I knew something was up. I certainly was old enough, between school and attending to the house; I hadn’t much time to think seriously about marriage, let alone a girlfriend. I thought my life was full. I had a good job, which I loved doing. I had the house with the gardens, horses, and chickens. There was still work to do there—some of the land needed to be cleared, the old orchard needed to be addressed. According to the records, there was a well-planned orchard by the stream.

When we returned to Mom and Dad’s place, “Tony, your Uncle Angelo mentioned a young lady in Italy who he thinks you may like.”

“Mom, I’m not opposed to getting married, but there is still a lot of work to do at the house.”

“What work? The garden is in shape, the horses are doing well, you have enough chickens to sell eggs.”

“Don’t forget the wine, salami, and sausage that you made. You have done a lot of work. With the boys helping, you don’t have to get involved as much as you would if you didn’t have help.”

“Dad, who’s side are you on?”

Mom and Dad laughed. But I knew them well, they would have a house guest or someone will be planning a trip to Italy.

Laying in bed that night, I thought maybe it wouldn’t be so bad having a girlfriend, and I was sure I wasn’t ready for marriage.

The boys returned from their camping trip. I could hear them before I saw them. Laughing, they barged into the kitchen with a gift. They had caught a pheasant. “Tony, what do you think? Should we raise these or eat this one?”

“You can’t raise them. Where would you put it? You can’t put it with the chickens. It would fly away.”

“We could build a cage for it.”

“Yea, we could build it big enough so it can walk around. All we will need is some posts and chicken wire.”

I just looked at them. They were smiling, “Okay, you do all of the work. How was your week?”

“It was great. That camping equipment worked out great. Sleeping under the stars, fresh air, the smell of the woods, unbelievable.”

“We’ll have to do that more often. Next time you need to come with us.”

“Yea, sure, breakfast in 20 minutes.”

While cleaning up the breakfast dishes, “You need to check the chickens. I think we have some more peeps. I must have missed some eggs.”

“We’ll have to enlarge that pen again.”

“Maybe we can build the cage for Suzi here.”

“Suzi?”

“Yep, we name her Suzi.”

“How do you know it’s a female and not a male?”

“Notice the color of her feathers. If it were a male, the feathers would be a bright color. This is a female, and she probably will be laying her eggs soon.”

“And you know this how?”

“We ate her partner.”

I didn’t say anymore. The boys left to check out the garden and the barn. For the rest of Spring Break, the boys enlarged the chicken pens and added a pen for Suzi. Sunday, when Mom and Dad came over, the boys showed Dad what they had done.

When they came back, Dad was laughing. “So you are going to raise pheasants?”

“I hadn’t planned on it, but farm boys decided to expand the bird business.”

“What’s next, rabbits?”

When Dad said that, I looked at the boys, unbelievable they were smiling. I bet that Dad and the boys already discussed that. “What’s next, cows?” That is when I realized I should have kept my mouth shut. I just looked at Mom, and she shook her head as if to say, ‘you are all crazy’. Only I knew to expect a cow soon. There was still one stall in the barn that was empty.

School resumed, and life returned to normal. Over the next few weeks, the boys told stories of their camping trip. The conclusion, it beat going to the beaches. They received letters from Charlie telling them about what was happening back home. I could tell when the letters came, the boys’ mood changed. They were still hurting from their parent’s rejection.

That was something I couldn’t understand. There were nice guys, so they were in love with each other. They did nothing to hurt anyone. They did everything to show me their appreciation of being accepted by me. Living in the apartment, I think this will be home for them from now on.

The next project the boys took on was resurrecting the orchard. I only saw the boys at the kitchen table with school work, tending to the horses, chickens, pheasant, and the gardens. They were quite busy. We continue taking the carriage out on Sunday afternoon. Those horses were hams, and they showed off with their prancing, heads held high. Every Sunday, they thought they were in a parade, a parade of one.

By the time school was out for the summer, we had a cow, the orchard was finished with several new trees, and the grapevines were extended to utilize the new shoots. I thought that they had forgotten about the rabbits, but I was wrong. They went on a camping trip over a long weekend and returned with several young rabbits. I didn’t say anything. They looked at me, and I pointed to the barn. The next time I went to the barn, they had built a place for the rabbits. I now had horses, a cow, chickens, pheasants, and rabbits. I told them if those rabbits got into my garden, we would have rabbit stew.

I enjoyed having the boys around. They not only took care of the animals, gardens and provided company. I think Mom and Dad have adopted them.

As it has been our family custom, July 4th celebration was held at Uncle Angelo’s place. Before Nonna and Pa’s death, it was held here. This year, there was a surprise. A young lady was present, a visitor from Italy, so I was told. The daughter of an old friend, but I knew better. Mom has been hinting that I needed to find a young woman and get married. This was the first, and I expected more in the near future

The boys and Uncle Angelo’s sons were making plans for the fall, slaughtering and making sausages and salami. I told Mom that there were becoming a vital part of my household.

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Great chapter, this is definitely becoming a fully fledged farm with the large group of animals, and the boys are really part of this Italian family

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Amazing the family got together a few times and no mention of Marlene asking about the jewelry.In regards to what  @Kev said if Tony ever got serious enough to talk marriage I think she would have to know the boys are part of the package.

Forgive this non-farm boy being unfamiliar with the term but Tony said he missed a clutch what is that?

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While I'm sure everyone that does this means well - there's some areas of life people need to keep their damn noses out of and that's relationships / matchmaking. Got married to a woman because of this kind of matchmaking / peer pressure and the dumbest damn thing I ever did. Now, I'm happily in love with the most amazing man, on my terms, and seeing where this ends up - no pressure from anyone. It's a beautiful thing! ❤️

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5 hours ago, weinerdog said:

Amazing the family got together a few times and no mention of Marlene asking about the jewelry.In regards to what  @Kev said if Tony ever got serious enough to talk marriage I think she would have to know the boys are part of the package.

Forgive this non-farm boy being unfamiliar with the term but Tony said he missed a clutch what is that?

Clutch is a term where chickens is involved - a clutch of eggs - 

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10 hours ago, mikedup said:

Great chapter, this is definitely becoming a fully fledged farm with the large group of animals, and the boys are really part of this Italian family

Yes, every Italian family I know had an adopted non-Italian that I would meet often when I visited. 

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10 hours ago, Kev said:

This is Helga, she only has one tooth... Ok we'll have another next week for you to test drive!  Ah another weekend... here is Sonya she was Olympic heavy weight lighter. Both of them are more like men, we thought you'd like them!!! 😝 She's gone home but her sister is visiting now. Clarissa, don't worry about the Viking hat she takes it off at night... you've heard the saying 'Its not over till the fat lady sings' ??? Clarissa is that fat lady. Don 't you just love family and their match making choices. 

I love the boys and how they are making the home a farm and making their family. Tony is there but the animals are the family they are missing. Love how Dad and Mum have adopted them, but just hope if Tony does marry that she loves the boys as well.

I think it is a one with entourage deal. I don't think who ever Tony marries would toss out the boys. They do a lot of the work not he farm and Tony could never do it alone even with a wife.

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10 hours ago, frosenblum said:

Don't horses need to exercise more than once a week? 

Yes, normally horses are in the paddock where there is room for them to walk around and graze. The once a week is to keep them trained on pulling teh carriage.

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9 hours ago, JCtoGO2 said:

This story has sure taken a different direction than I initially thought. So far the ring , the money and house are not going as I thought it initially might. Don’t get me wrong, I love the story. Just a little surprised.

I wrote the story around Tony, the contents of the safe was to add to the history of the house. It seems that teh grandfathers didn't. have much faith in banks,.

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8 hours ago, weinerdog said:

Amazing the family got together a few times and no mention of Marlene asking about the jewelry.In regards to what  @Kev said if Tony ever got serious enough to talk marriage I think she would have to know the boys are part of the package.

Forgive this non-farm boy being unfamiliar with the term but Tony said he missed a clutch what is that?

A clutch are the eggs a hen is sitting on. You need to remove the hen, I'm sure you have heard the  term 'mother hen' when it refers to a woman as she treats her children.

Yes, it would be difficult to separate the boys from the farm.

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8 hours ago, Chris L said:

While I'm sure everyone that does this means well - there's some areas of life people need to keep their damn noses out of and that's relationships / matchmaking. Got married to a woman because of this kind of matchmaking / peer pressure and the dumbest damn thing I ever did. Now, I'm happily in love with the most amazing man, on my terms, and seeing where this ends up - no pressure from anyone. It's a beautiful thing! ❤️

There are always those who hate the idea you are not as miserable as they are if you are single and they are married. Then there are those who are happily married and want you to be in the same relationship. All with the intent of getting you married to a woman or man. The key is getting you married. I have found best friends do not make a happy marriage. Do your own hunting, alone.

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7 hours ago, chris191070 said:

The boys are slowly getting a mini farm and a new family that loves them

They are doing what they love and yes, they have been accepted by Tony's extended family as well as his Mom and Dad

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6 hours ago, CLJobe said:

Yes, normally horses are in the paddock where there is room for them to walk around and graze. The once a week is to keep them trained on pulling teh carriage.

Thanks for explaining this. 

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2 hours ago, frosenblum said:

Thanks for explaining this. 

No problem. I'm glad to add to the story 

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It's nice Tony's family wants to see him marries but they need to back off and let him live his own life. Let him find the woman he can see himself falling in love with.

While the family may think they are well meaning, they are anything but!!!

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9 hours ago, drsawzall said:

It's nice Tony's family wants to see him marries but they need to back off and let him live his own life. Let him find the woman he can see himself falling in love with.

While the family may think they are well meaning, they are anything but!!!

I think Tony looks upon his mother's efforts as she wants him to be happy, I thin k. But do you know any woman who sees a single man and doesn't want him married. It seems like an unknown mental wiring that every man must be married and they ae in charge of making sure. A mental defect I'm sure😀

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My comment to drsawzall I'm sure will draw a reaction from my female readers, 

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