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I spent my most treasured years of childhood on a hidden broken-down old farm Nestled in the heart of Bellevue it was only five acres but it held such magic I suppose that from an adults point of view there was more wrong than right about that timeworn place but a kid doesnt take notice I still hold dear the memories of its quiet stream filled with crawdads the secret hidden deer paths woven into the woods and ultimately the sense of magic that Nature revealed to meHowever thatplacewhich haslong since been cemented over and built upon allowed me to escape the drama which played out around meEarly autumn was a beautiful time there when the farm smells mingled with decaying leaves shed from the tall poplars encasing our little farm Colors of red and yellow leaves hung from the maple tree that stood vigil over the old white-washed barn Autumns crisp air mixed with the heavy earthy smoke from burning leaves hung low to the ground Fall unwrapped its gauzy fog tucking it into the pockets and corners of the farm wrapping around the clumps of trees that held the seasons shadowy coolness like a tree skirt at Christmas Meanwhile the chickens low melodic clucking brought a calming rhythmic peace to there that was soothing and their furious scratching through the dark dirt for bugs and worms revealed their serious mission for the day The dusty little farmhouse was dwarfed by a white-washed barn and sprawling garden which my step-mother always filled with a variety of vegetablesUnfortunately the endless bounty of zucchini from that garden provided an abundant supply until I was literally sick of it Zucchini bread zucchini au gratin fried zucchini Yuck Every summer I was commissioned to grate the green monsters some of them humongous oblong beasts which had to be cradled in my arms I would haul in the beasts the wet dark earth still clinging to their underbellies and
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