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 Framer Joe was this man – whose first family was very peculiar.

He had been a farmer who lived many years – and he was called, Joe. He got married – and before long – he lost his wife to an accident. That accident sets him back quite a bit – it had actually placed a hold upon his life. The grieving really put a damper upon him progressively. However, with time he survived most of his griefs. He was a man that specialized in growing vegetables and wheat. He did however cultivate other things for personal purposes too.                                          


In addition, on his farm there were few animals. Such as: oxen, goats, sheep, donkeys, mules, dogs, and even some chickens. None of these animals were great in number. Yet, without animals, Joe knew that his farm – would not have been the same. Well, losing his wife broke his heart very much. They were so dear to each other – it made it hard when one died – for the other to choose someone else. They had discussions about that – while she was yet a live – but they never carved it in stone.                                                           


Joe went along living his life knowing within himself, how much he loved his late wife. His determination then was to remain a widower. He was pretty young, at the time, when he had lost his wife. At that point, he couldn’t find the courage to love another woman. Then, he decided to stay single, for the rest of his life. And, so that meant, he was never going to have a real family. Consequently – he allowed his animals to become his best friends and family. Many of his animals he had named and he knew them by their names.                                                        


The brown dog he called Brownie – the spotted one he called Spotty. Both dogs followed him mostly – to everywhere he went. Brownie and Spotty, they would be first to get into the carriage – whenever Joe’s going to some places. There were only three donkeys, and those he called: Jimmy, Jenny and Pretty. There were two mules, these mules he called: Fir-coat and Berry. The number of oxen was only four. Namely: Bruce, Eric, Lucy and Alice. Now, he had five goats all with the same name: Whiteface.                                                                     


The reason for the goats’ names, Whiteface, is because on each goat’s face there was a white spot there about. Sheep those he didn’t bother to name. Chickens, among the chickens   there was a special rooster, he called it: Timer. Why? Because it crows on each hour. It reminds Joe of the time, without him having to go and check with his clock. Anyway – after a number of years went by – Joe wanted to get rid of his farm. His intention was to go and live with his Uncle Ira, who was living far away, into a city.                              


Joe told his Uncle, of the idea that he had in mind. One could say – Ira, had embraced the idea. He was living alone too. And, no-doubt very lonely he was! Hence, sharing home with Joe would be just great for both of them. Selling the farm then becomes Joe’s priority. It meant him getting rid of the animals. Keep in mind; they had been his friends and family. As it happened, that turned out to be Joe’s biggest problem. It brought great stress upon him. All due to his attachment to those animals, which he has loved so very much?                                                               


He was getting less happy about parting with the farm. Even though, he really wanted to go and share home living at his Uncle. Nonetheless, when he noticed how sad, the animals were he could not. The animals might have had a tip; or perhaps smell a rat,  or so to speak, about Joe’s plan of selling them off, with the farm. They all went sad – looking sick – moaning, and making animal noises. All that bothered Joe – and forced pressure upon him. So much so – he cried – as well as he grieved within himself. There was sadness everywhere, for both Joe and the animals. Night after night and day after day, Joe was seriously troubled over what was best for him to do; for himself and for his animals; He ponders what’s best sell and go or stay!                                                                        


Finally, he couldn’t continue with the sale of his farm. As a result – all the animals were happy again. They were dancing, prancing, and rejoicing, all over the place. On the other hand, for Uncle Ira! It was shocking news. He wasn’t comfortable that Joe had changed his mind about selling his farm. He realized that all his hope of having, the company of his nephew had been gone. Consequently, since the time his wife Cud Delia had past away, he already had enough of being alone. And so Ira considered what he should do.                                                                                     


In brief, he said to himself – “if Joe is not coming to stay with me – then I’m going to stay with him.” He made up his mind – he sold his home in the city – he went to live with Joe on the farm. And, there on Joe’s farm, Ira spent the rest of his life. Nonetheless he death of Ira taught Joe a great lesson. As he began missing Ira’s company – he realized – having animals around is a good idea. But, there is no animal company – which can ever take the place of another human being. Then, after he had done a lot of thinking, he had to make a decision.


Firstly he prayed! God heard his prayer and gave him courage. He picked himself up – he went searching for a woman – he met a very nice one. After he had made friend with her, he took the woman: he married her – and in the course of time – they were blessed with two lovely children – a boy and a girl. This new but real family – replaced the first. Joe lived the rest of his life a much happier man. Thus, there ended the story of farmer Joe.                                                                                                     


Hence I’m of the belief, this story serves its purpose, by reminding us of this: It is not the will of God that anyone should live alone. Joe found out – animals are good to keep – but they’ll never fill the place of a human being. For example – at the beginning – in the Garden of Eden – God tried animals living amongst man – but soon after, just look at what he had done. He created another human being – for the man that was alone. What do you think God teaching us? I think this: He was proving to us – we can use animals in whatever way – they served us morally useful – but they should not fill the place of another human being.                                                                               


As it was from in the Garden – so shall it be unto the end. The Master’s will has to be done, at whatever the cost. Take my advice – develop a relationship with another human being – in the right way – for it’s among one of life’s greatest requirements. Know this: It’ll be even better to do it sooner – rather than later. So then, if you are living lonely do something, go now and seek God about it. Prayer can work miracles – allow the Lord to lead – and be your guide. I’m of the opinion, it is God who knows exactly, who is your rightful partner. In that case – whosoever He leads you to; whether such individual is pretty or not, rich or poor that person is your correct partner. Accept, give thanks and be glad!!!            




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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/15/2014
A nice story with a moral to it. It would certainly be better with the help of some editing. Your description of how Joe found his second wife could use a little filling out.


PS. I got a kick out of "Framer Joe, "right after the title. ;-)

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