(Excerpt from Tales from Heritage Farm)
Squeak, creak went the old door. A flash of light split through the deep darkness of the storage closet. Many items had been set aside in the closet to hibernate while snow boots and mittens, stocking caps and parkas had their hey day.
The frigid winter waned, and signs of spring began to pop out all over. Spring and summer equipment which had been laid away in storage were being jostled around and pulled out where they would be ready for use later on. Among them were Shadow, the sunbonnet, and Rainbow, the umbrella.
After Farmer’s wife dusted them off, she hung shadow on a peg beside the porch door. Rainbow was nestled inside a nearby umbrella stand. Now they were both handy, ready for use.
As the days grew longer, the sun shone brighter and hotter. Farmer’s wife liked to work in her vegetable garden. But before she started each day she reached up for Shadow. She needed her for protection from the sun and to keep her cool in the summer’s heat.
Farmer’s wife worked very hard in the garden. She busied herself by pulling up any stray plants that tried to take root there. She cultivated the soil to give her seedlings plenty of chance to stretch out their roots and grow strong. When she finished with the vegetable garden, she turned her attention to sprucing up the flower beds.
It seemed that Shadow was out and about almost daily. She went out at 6:00 A.M. and stayed there perched onFarmer’s Wife until breakkast. At other times she travelled with Farmer’s wife to mow the lawn or to watch the kids’ softball game or to pick strawberries. You could say that Shadow, the sunbonnet, had a well-rounded life. She got do and see a lot of things.
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