Ben stands back up and brushes the dust from his hands. The soil is almost as dry as he fears it to be. He looks at the wilted leaves on the plants at his feet, then took off his cap and wiped the sweat from his brow.
He remembers this time exactly a year ago, all the plants had died because of the drought. And exactly the year before that. Ben can’t afford to lose his harvest for three years in a row. That would be devastating for him.
At least there is rain this year. Even though it’s very little, Ben knows there’s a chance to save his crops this year. Any crops that he can harvest this year would fetch a good price because of the drought.
Of course, the first thing to do is to get the crops to grow on this soil, and that means getting some water to the plants. Ben thinks about the ways it could be done. But every idea that comes to mind either just comes up short or needs some equipment he doesn’t have.
Could he haul water from the stream? No, he couldn’t move enough water to make a difference. Could he pump water to the field? No, he doesn’t have a large enough pump.
Ben keeps thinking about ways to save his crops this year as he sits under a large tree. All of a sudden his mind goes back to the day he lost his wife and his infant child.
About a year ago a drunk driver killed Stephanie and Daniel while they were going out to the store. Sometimes Ben couldn’t believe such a routine act could be very tragic. Ben still remembers very vividly the moment he got the call from the Sheriff Department.
He was doing exactly like he is doing now: thinking about saving his crops because he didn’t want to lose another season without a successful harvest. Especially, little Daniel had just been born. He was trying hard to provide for Stephanie and Daniel.
Memories Last Forever
Ben shakes off the memory and wipe the sweat off his forehead. He pushes himself to find a solution to the problem he’s having now: His crops are dying on his feet.
This is the loss that is happening now instead of the loss that happened a year ago. His father taught him years ago to work hard at everything in life and have faith that the rest would take care of itself. It just has not worked out that way for Ben and now he’s about to lose his entire crops for three years in a row!
Ben decides to do something. He knows he can’t irrigate the whole field, but he can water some of it. If he worked on the areas nearest the stream, he could save at least some crops to be harvested. He’s very grateful there’s a small stream of water by his farm..
It isn’t too long before he is driving a small tractor between the rows, watering some of the crops from the leaking barrel being towed behind him. It is a foolish way to irrigate, something he probably would have laughed at if he saw someone else doing it, but at least the crops are getting water.
Ben’s idea works better than he ever imagined. He has more crops to harvest than everyone else in town. He sells his crops for a lot of money, saves some for himself, and gives some away to help his fellow farmers and their families.
Ben’s hard work and kindness are being rewarded by the Universe. He meets a very nice lady who loves him and they get married soon after.
Ben and his wife quickly has four children of their own. After getting married the second, Ben has even bigger motivation to work harder.
His crops are always healthy and worth a lot of money. He invests the money back to his farm, buying better equipment and fertilizer.
Now, Ben’s family is one of the richest families in their town. Ben still visits Stephanie’s and Daniel’s grave site to cherish their memory.