Yorkshire Cottage 18
Another two years have passed. There is a party about to begin.
Friends and relatives gathered at the York Farmhouse. Today was Graduation Day for Margo. She was eighteen and ready for the Forest Stewardship Program of the U.S. Forest service. What she did not know was that all her hard work over the years now gave her full scholarship along with room and board. Max will not make it to the graduation but he will be at the Farmhouse for the celebration.
Max, now age twenty worked as a Forest fire lookout. His main responsible was observing and reporting fire and smoke in his assigned area. For the last two years he worked for the Forest service. He had to be knowledgeable about weather systems, fire weather, and fire behavior. He used binoculars, topographic maps, compasses, and the Osborne Firefinder to identify the approximate location, size, and characteristics of smokes and fires. He had communicate with the outside world he used two-way radios or cell phones. These modern conveniences were used to communicate with rangers, dispatchers and fellow lookouts. Once a week he would send a message to Margo and his parents saying all is A-Ok.
He was busy all the time and barely got his studies in on his laptop. The only humans he ever saw were hikers that visited the fire tower.
Right now he was working part time with five days on and two days off.
Since he was an only child he continued to live at home with his parents. He enjoyed that aspect because he still wished to be a minister. It was the fact that he also wanted to live in a forest setting also in the future. At least he had a good job and was making money. He asked his parents to take money for room and board but they said they did not need or want any money. Max had an older model Jeep that was in excellent shape. It got him to work in the remote places just fine.
After graduation services family, friends and neighbors gathered at the Grandparents farm for refreshments. Max had made it to the farm. He stopped at a local truck stop and took a nice shower then changed into slacks and shirt. A big pot of Sunflowers in his jeep for Margo. They hugged and talked about the ceremony.
Grandfather and Max were off to the side talking.
“I see you are filling out in the muscle department Max. When you were a skinny little kid and Margo told me some day she was going to marry you I felt sorry for you.”
“Margo helped me out eight years ago telling me to stand up to those bullies. I listened to that little ten year old with the high heels. I always wondered why her teachers in school did not forbid her wearing heels most of the time.” laughed Max.
Grandmother showed up and said: “ Our Margo comes from a long line of women in the family who will challenge a you can not or you are not allowed!”
The Grandparents gave Margo a new laptop computer for her studies, A camera from her parents and many paper pads and pens from her two sisters. Margo would be at her campus Sunday night to Friday night. She had a small room by herself. Another girl was to share a room with her but opted out to share a bigger room with three other girls. Margo was actually secretly happy as she needed peace and quiet to study. Max’s parents had surprised her with a scanner saying if she did not want to listen to the scans there was also a station with news and music.
Max kidded her and said if sh ever heard Maxi Owl on the scanner it was him.
Margo and Max wanted to go down to the forest and see Margo’s woods. They asked Cheryl and Cindy Lou to come with them. Cheryl brought her sketch pad and Cindy Lou her little medical bag as a just in case.
The four of them had a nice time. Cheryl found some toadstools to draw and Cindy Lou found a butterfly caught in a spider web. She decided to release the butterfly and place a dead bug in the web for the spiders dinner.
They walked over to the York Motel. Max said he had a gift for everyone. “During my small amount of spare time I make little bracelets and necklaces to give to the hikers. They take them home to their children or other children as a souvenir of the forest. I have one for Cheryl and one for Cindy Lou.
“What about Margo?” asked Cindy Lou.
“ Cindy Lou I did not make one for Margo. Instead I got her a Claddagh Ring. I also have one for myself. I asked your parents if I could ask you to wear one from me. It is a symbol of love friendship and loyalty. It is your decision and if you are ready I will present it to you with your best two sisters as witness.”
“Yes, Max I think we are ready to show the world we will be married in three years. Yes I accept the ring.”
Max put the ring on her finger. He then gave her his ring and she put it on his finger. The both lifted each others ring finger hand and kissed them softly. Max was beet red and Margo a slight pink.
The two bestess ever sisters said: “ let’s race home to the party.”
It was a magical setting. Margo could live here forever
©Julia A Knaake