by Mark Parker
Parsons, Kansas —
10. The flower of some pasture weed which he either intended to give her as a gift or to the county agent for identification.
9. A (ouch) needle for a cattle syringe.
8. Part of some part.
7. The list of things he didn’t get done for her last week and probably won’t get to this week.
6. Some type of small animal skeleton which only he could explain but, after 25 years, doesn’t surprise her in the least.
5. A buyer’s number from an auction he swore he wasn’t going to attend—he’s in big trouble.
4. A receipt for jumper cables from the farm store—how sweet, he did remember their anniversary.
3. Enough bent nails and stripped screws that she’s started keeping them as a sort of 401K.
2. A scale ticket which either contains essential and critical information or is completely unimportant.
1. A one-dollar bill—always a one, never a twenty. £