He was a very demanding man, not easy to live with. “I only ask that things be done right,” he’d say. Expecting perfection and hard work from everyone, especially his wife, he rarely made mistakes himself. “Attention to detail!” his battle cry.
Here’s a detail she noticed that morning. He left the gate open. That’s right. Upon leaving after mending a nesting box, he left the gate open.
She did her chores; hung the wash, picked beans, sat on the front porch to snap them, all the while watching the hens, one after the other, sashaying down the road.