This story takes place on a farm because of the chicken. But when I lived in Garden, we had chickens in town. This story takes place out in Cooks, on a farm. The girl’s name is Josephine. She’s going to feed the chickens. It’s not too late in the day; chickens go to roost late in the day. It’s morning. She’s going to feed the chickens and gather eggs. The way Josephine is dressed, it must be the 1930s. She’s feeding chickens, she’s got her apron up–that’s where the eggs are. Who’s taking the picture? Josephine’s mother or father is taking the picture. She’s too young to be out on a farm by herself. She’s six or seven years old, or maybe eight or nine. They should paint the barn. It used to be one color all the time, reddish brown. It’s kind of a poor farm. See that piece of wood? That’s holding the door open. They don’t want it to slam. This stall could have a cow or a horse. Josephine is smiling. She knows they’re taking a picture. The chicken is waiting to be fed. That chicken isn’t old enough to lay eggs. That’s a young, young chicken. Josephine hears a cow moo, maybe a horse that would whinny and kick the stall. She hears a chicken clucking after it laid an egg. [high voice] “Cluck cluck cluck cluck! I laid an egg!” It looks like a very dilapidated barn. She smells manure–what wouldn’t she smell! She smells alfalfa. We had two cousins who had farms, so I know, I was there! Must have been a lot of black flies in those days. Josephine is going to have an omelet for breakfast. She will grow up to be a school teacher, or a farmer. Maybe a farmer’s wife, or a housewife. She’s got long stockings on, and an apron, because girls didn’t wear pants even in the fall and winter. There are probably a lot of kids because she’s on a farm. You need a lot of eggs to feed all those kids. Josephine has a mother and dad, and a couple of sisters and brothers, twins, dogs, cats, neighbors came over, too. “We’re having chicken for dinner!” Next they’ll have a wedding. A wedding for who? Grandmother would have a lot of company over. They should have a fall wedding, with all those fresh vegetables. Years ago when they were farming, they didn’t have much time for a wedding, you had to get down to business!