o you have decided to come out to the barnwith me?
You’ll need these boots. There have been eight inches of rainust lately. I’d give you gloves too, if you’d take them. I have observedthat for many people mud is a drawback. My wife has me come in theback door. She has a rubber mat set out in the back hallway. I kick off myboots before I get inside. Then I put my boots carefully on the rubber mat,even before my poor body comes inside. No matter. She says the mudsmears and spreads. Oh, she does carry on. I’m sure you’ll hear about it.Shows disrespect, so she claims. Never heard that much about it beforewe were married. I always was a muddy boots, dirty hands critter. Thatwas just thirty some years ago. People are inclined to change concerningtheir opinions. And Lord knows the smell of sweat these days seemsunfashionable. I’m inclined to think that folks aren’t interested inworking where there may be dirt and sweat around, as if it was unhealthy.I can’t see how mud and dirt can be unhealthy. You don’t stick yourﬁngers in your mouth, do you? I’ve even heard explained that the smellof a buck goat in the rut is invigorating. It does tend to stick to whateverit touches; like a good vagabond, it gets around. I personally think thesmell would be all right if it was toned down. But a lot of things seemokay when they are toned down. You got those boots on by now? Thereyou are. You might want to ﬁgure out something to do while you’re here.Just a theory. Wonder what you might think. Might be a bit of ashock to the average city fellow......what? Oh that’s just a slug. What can you do? This much rain theycome out of everywhere, and apt to get into everything. I’ve considereddoing a study. No way to get rid of them, I imagine, without killing agood bit of the rest of nature besides. I’ve found that to be true generally.Mother nature is stubborn about her ways. Damage one part of her onewhere and another part of her elsewhere tends to kick about it....now, as I was saying, might be a bit of a shock walking into a place