Part two is here.
By now you may have heard a little bit about a particular farm. On this farm lived two people, five cats, some chickens, ducks, turkeys and a whole bunch of earthworms. There were many vegetable and flower plants and even some fruit trees. The two people worked hard to be farmers and they even hired people to help them grow the vegetables, raise the poultry and tend the farm. Sometimes, they asked others to join them on the farm to do a little work and then celebrate the day with good food.
While the farmers and the workers accomplished many things on the farm, they were visited by a Snort and a HAAAACK. The Snort ate the farm's well and created holes that were big enough to swallow Durnik, the farm's small tractor. The HAAAACK and its mate were kind enough to replace the well, but the ensuing mess was a bit slimy and caused the farmers, the workers, the cats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and even some of the earthworms to wonder what else could possibly happen.
Some things didn't work out. For example, many plants in trays were no longer good enough to plant in the ground. So, the farmers pulled them out of the trays and decided to turn them into compost, which is a good thing even if it wasn't the reason they planted these things in the first place.
One of the things that reminded the farmers and the workers of the good things in life when bad things happened were the flowers on the farm.
And so, they continued to do things to make the farm a better place to live and work. Mr. Jim helped organize all of the tools in the truck barn by making a farm tool wall.
And Mr. Tyler created a drip tape dispenser that dispensed, of all things, drip tape. The farmers, Mr Tyler and the cats all agreed that "dispense" is a silly sounding word. But, the farmers, Mr Tyler, Miss Rachel and Mr Denis all agreed that, despite the silly sounding word, the drip tape dispenser dispensed drip tape well, so they all suggested that the farm should not dispense with the dispenser.
Then, another good thing happened. The ground was dry enough to plant for a few days and the farmers and the workers did their best to plant things in the ground.
Durnik the tractor avoided the Durnik sized hole made by the HAAAACK and he helped prepare fields for planting. Some areas were still a little wet and made the ground a bit pebbly. But, all agreed it was necessary to get the plants into the ground.
Summer squash and zucchini were planted between rows of garlic. Some of the plants were planted into paper mulch and some were planted without paper mulch. The farmers were doing some research to see if the paper mulch made difference. They even polled some of the earthworms to see what they thought. The earthworms were too busy deflating their water wings and putting them in their closets to respond.
Hundreds of tomatoes were taken out of their plots and planted in rows.
The farmers and workers even spent time weeding the beans and potatoes.
And many cucumber plants were given homes. The farmers were pleased to see that the plants seemed healthy and the rows were almost straight!
But, the farmers and the workers were a little chagrined when they realized they would have to use the drip tape dispenser to dispense drip tape so the drip tape could dispense water to the new plants. They found this ironic. The farmers, the workers and the cats all agreed that "chagrined" and "ironic" were also funny sounding words, but not nearly as funny sounding as "dispense."
"There, you can build up those muscles by shoveling," said the truck driver.
The farmers removed excess soil and added some peat. Then they planted lettuce and onions.
But, the little cat named Mrrranda continued to look away from the farm.
She continued to watch.... the SNORT!
One of the chickens said,
"Hey Mr. Snort, would you leave our new well alone? We need the water it provides for us. While the rain leaves us puddles, the puddles do not always stay."
But, the Snort did not answer.
The ducklings said,
"We love our water..." slurp slurp splash splash
They were so distracted by their water that they didn't finish whatever it was they were going to say.
"Mr Farmer, will you please tell the Snort to leave our well alone? We need the water from the well too. Did you bring us more food? What was I saying? Did you bring us more food? Food? Food!?"
So he gave them food.
Then, he tried to scare the Snort away!
But the Snort did not respond.
So, the farmer asked Sandman, the cat, to talk to the Snort.
"Mr Snort, your presence is no longer welcome here. If you want water, we will pour you a large tub of water to drink. But, we do not want you eating our new well. So, we would like you to leave.
I, the Sandman, have spoken."
And so, the Snort took a cool drink.
And called for a cab.
So it could go home.
It left the cats, the chickens, the ducks and the turkeys.
It even left the earthworms to float in the fields wearing their water wings.
And once it had gone, they all started to wonder.
And everyone was happy.