MAXINE: A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER
(written from the perspective of Maxine, the ewe)
Translated by: Autumn Kotrba
When the winter ended, I noticed the warm weather brought a lot of new things to the farm. There were three pink animals that moved into the pasture next to us, I heard the Little Farmer Boy say they’re called pigs. Their names were funny: Evil Doctor Pork-chop, Ham Solo, and Hot Dog. They were always rolling on the ground like they wanted to be covered in the mud, uncultured and a disgrace to the name of animal. Then one day they disappeared into a trailer and left. I haven’t seen them since.
There were kids that came to the farm every week. They would come in and out of the view of the pasture carrying buckets of green stuff, but they always gave the green stuff to the chickens. They would feed us a lot of corn and alfalfa though; it was really good.
One week a whole bunch of people came to the farm and I don’t know why. The farmer family said it was some sort of fundraiser, they had been preparing for it for a long time. I got so much food that day! A lot of people came to the barn, and everyone wanted to feed us. It was glorious.
It’s been raining a lot the past couple weeks and the leaves are starting to turn colors. It’s been colder than usual, and I don’t know why. Pinckney doesn’t know either. I heard the Little Farmer Boy saying the winter is probably going to come early this year. I couldn’t help but notice that the Farmer Human didn’t like this. I love the winter, but let’s hope it’s not like last year.