1804. Hilarious

It was hilarious! Old Farmer Cedric was a fanatical gardener. He’d gardened for years on the same plot of land next to his house. If the truth be known, it wasn’t his land. The land belonged to the Town Council. It had been put aside for a park, but as the years went by everyone forgot it was meant to be made into a park. At least Old Farmer Cedric’s garden kept the place tidy.

No one knew exactly what he did for a living. He was out in his garden most days so the presumption was that he didn’t have a job. In fact, the presumption was that he didn’t need a job. Some people are like that. They have money coming out their ears.

Old Farmer Cedric always collected his own seeds. He would sort them into little jars. There were seeds of all sorts of vegetables and all sorts of flowers. He was so proud of his seeds. He would bring them all out on trays and place the trays on the ground as if they were a museum display. He would do that even if he was going to use just the one variety.

One year a wag – it was so hilarious – replaced some of the seeds when Old Farmer Cedric wasn’t looking. The wag took out the real seeds and replaced them with some weed seeds! Everyone waited to see what would spring up. And all he got that year was weeds. It was hysterical.

That was the year the church didn’t get any flowers at Easter and Old Farmer Cedric’s family had nothing to eat.

15 thoughts on “1804. Hilarious

  1. Nitin Lalit

    Oh Bruce (or must I say Darth Bruce?) The ending kicked me in the guts. It’s one thing to make a scoundrel fall from grace but poor Farmer Cedric was simply getting by. Anyhow, I’ll probably read this before I attempt to pull a wicked prank on someone.

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  2. umashankar

    It is a suspenseful and touching story. Cedric’s circumstances present a moral dilemma. There is a touch of cunning in the way he is squatting over the land, a dash of smugness in the occasional display of his mastery over vocation, and a certain humility in the manner he limits his ambitions to planting just the one crop. The climax is an eye-opener, and a chastisement to the parishioners. The predicament of the hungry family is the never ending saga of humanity.

    PS: I have been consciously working on improving the quality of my comments.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Lol!!! The quality of your comments is very high. The standard unreachable to us mere plebs. The content occasionally sucks but that can be forgiven when couched in style. I am trying to ween myself off waiting daily for your comment to arrive – as it is always on the ball.

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I delight in having my dull life coloured by your intelligent perceptions, your wit, and your vivacity.

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