Orb's Year 937
Garth shrugged, "I might be a little late. But, I will make it. I wanted to tend the plants first."
Cade scowled and hurriedly finished his breakfast. His fool son spent too much time tending the plants and not enough time tending to himself!
He couldn't explain the enjoyment and feeling of peace as he worked the soil. It was almost as if the land was a part of his blood!
Braden kissed his wife's cheek and then stroked her tenderly. "Always looking out for me. But I must hurry and get to the plants."
"There's no need, Garth and Cade already tended the plants this morning."
Braden's shoulders fell. "These tired bones do not wake as early as they used to," he said with some regret.
Helga Farmer played with her little sister. She helped watch Ingrid while the adults did their work. Her mama said that was her chore. She wished she had a better chore!
Ingrid sighed and jumped up. "Come on, Helga! Let's go outside! It's beautiful!"
Helga made a face. She hated playing outside! "But it's muddy! I'll dirty my shoes!"
"Oh, don't be such a sissy, Helga! It'll be fun!"
Once Garth came home and worked in the fields, Ingrid watched him avidly. "What's he doing Helga?"
"He's tending to all the plants..." Ingrid explained the work her cousin was doing to ensure healthy plants.
"I want to help!" Ingrid called out, running for Garth.
Helga sighed and followed along after her little sister. Now her shoes would really get muddy!
Ingrid grinned proudly while Helga merely rolled her eyes and shooed her little sister inside.
Cade flung his arm around his son's shoulder. "We should head inside and have a bite of supper as well. Your mother has probably waited up for us!"
Perhaps they'd give her a chance to give them her big news...
Orb's Year 938
Garth rolled his eyes and shrugged off his friend. "Quiet!" he said harshly. "I'll do it in my own time!"
Benji shook his head. "What? When you're old and grey?! She's always coming around. She likes you!"
"Benji! Garth! Hi!" she said as she came nearer. "I haven't seen you guys in awhile!"
Not happening, Garth thought. He didn't know what he'd do if she said no!
Orb's Year 939
Orb's Year 940
"Ingrid, I have other friends. Besides, you're a big girl now! You can play with Harlow!" Helga retorted.
"Aw, Harlow's just a baby!" Ingrid argued, pouting terribly.
"Then go help Garth in the fields! You love getting muddy and dirty!"
Pausing, Helga listened to the cries coming from the nursery. "Hold on, I'll be right back. I've got to go check on Harlow."
"Here, hand her to me and I'll put her to bed," Helga said, reaching her arms out for the small little toddler.