In another time, pioneering farmers lived in these houses and kept them cozy and inviting.
Hard times and the elements have changed the sheltering homesteads to cold windswept shells. In some cases, after the original farmers eventually died, their children, having seen their parents’ hard work, opted for an easier life away from this lonely prairie.
On a previous trip to Montana, the Captain and I saw many old homesteads.
“Let’s skedaddle,” the pheasants cluck. “I think these might be hunters. The locals welcome them, but I find them downright annoying, if not dangerous.”
“Did I hear you say the ‘H’ word?” the white-tailed deer asks. Then he shakes his head and goes back to his browsing. “It’s birds they’re after. I don’t think they’re here for me … are they? Hmm, maybe I’d better run too.”
“You’d do better to be careful, Whitey,” the Harris sparrow warbles. “And by the way, watch your step.”
“The prickly pear isn’t named for its smooth skin. Those spines can really hurt.”
“Oh, what a fuss,” the robin sings. “I was enjoying the last days of autumn sunshine in this Russian olive tree. Why did they have to talk about hunters? They don’t bother me! Mrs. Hunter just wanders around with her camera. I show her my best side, and she goes home happy.”