Posted 10-21-2004 at 18:59:43
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We lost all our sheds in the hurricanes. We also lost 90% of the animal shelters. We didn't lose the hen house, but there's so much debris in the hen yard that we might as well have. I am about sick and tired of feeding chickens and seeing no return. They may be laying eggs but dammed if I can find out where. The weather also fried the electric fence so we have thirty-pound pigs roaming about freely. They may hang around and they may not, only time will tell because we sure as heck don't have any control over it. Fred too has about lost his patience.
"We need to do something about these chickens. We're investing far too much money in them and they are not pulling their weight. They're just leaching off the system."
"I know it." I replied. "Don't worry, I have a plan to solve this problem."
"Well, what is it?"
Seemingly satisfied, he went on to the electric fence issue.
"What about security on the fence borders? It's not safe to let these critters run loose."
"Don't worry, I have a plan for that too."
"Yeah, but a new system is going to cost about five hundred dollars. How you going to pay for it?"
"You'll see. I have a plan."
"Well, what is it?"
"Just wait, you'll see." I assured him.
"Okay...but what about housing? The shelters are all gone."
"Oh. Didn't I mention it? I have..."
"I know...a plan."
"Did I tell you already?" I asked, vaguely surprised.
"Nope. I just kinda saw it comin'."
"Oh, well, yes. Rest assured, I have a plan for that too.
"Well, can't you tell me what these plans are?" He frowned.
"Nope. But I have 'em. Isn't that good enough?"
Truth was, I had no plans, I was just trying to keep the peace, and ease his worries. You can only do what you can do, and sometimes you just have to hustle the best way you know how. Even if it involves being a little vague at times.
"No, that's not good enough. Maybe if I knew what your plans were I could trust you with these issues. So maybe you ought to tell me what they are."
"I told you already! I have a plan for the housing and I have a plan for the security and I have a plan for getting the chickens off 'feed for free'. I have a plan to tell you what the plans are, I plan to tell when it comes time to put the plans in place. You're just gonna have to trust me on this. Okay?"
He looked at me for a long time and then...
"I keep waiting for you to say something like, wrong farm, wrong town, wrong year, or something like that."
"Never mind." He said and started to walk away.
"Wait! I really do have plans!" I insisted.
"Yeah, but can you actually follow through with them and make them work?"
"Oh." I said. "I actually have to do that?"
A long pause, and a steady stare and then...
"Oh. Well, never mind."
"That's what I thought."