The saying goes, “good
fences make good neighbors.” For all my life I've loved to find out what
a saying really means. For instance, the saying, “too many irons in the
fire.” My uncle told me that meant when a blacksmith shoed horses he put
the metal shoes in the fire so he could beat them with a hammer in order
for them to fit the horse properly. However, if he put too many of them in
the fire he couldn't get around to all of them, thus the saying, “too many
irons in the fire.”
Four of the brothers have
made a life long business of stretching fences over miles of land in
Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Sometimes, they had so much work to do there
would be crews working in three states. In fact one of the brothers had a
terrible accident in his airplane while on a job supervising one of his
crews. The jobs he had were spread apart and he needed an airplane to get
from one to the other. Catching the wheel of a plane on a wire while
flying low over a job nearly cost him his life.
Our measly efforts to
fence our one acre have been put off over and over because something else
came up of more importance. When the next door neighbor moved a house on
the land, he set it fairly close to our line. At the time something told
me it was a wrong move but, oh well, one has no say over some matters.
Sure enough, as we come up our necessarily curved drive at night, the
lights catch the bedroom windows of their house. The other side of that
house is where they store their boats, cars, trailer house, motor scooter
cycle and other things so it is just easy for them to step out their door
to bring their dogs out. This allows the dogs to run up to our property
line. Red flag up, here go our dogs in a mad frenzy protecting,
protecting. All of these little animals are just fur balls, just that.
They are little, bossy, yapping mutts. But, would you believe, their dogs
are tiniest so naturally, this makes ours the villains.
For now, there is an
understanding of the saying, “good fences make good neighbors!” Peace
reigns once again on the east eighty out of Ponca City, Oklahoma and it is
wonderful. I highly recommend a board fence.