The Best Thing About the Good Old Days

They were both up before dawn and doing chores in the cool silence. Kyle headed over to the hen house to get some eggs and shore up some chicken wire. Evelyn went to the barn to check on the livestock. While she was there, she milked their two cows. They returned to the cabin and placed the eggs and milk on the kitchen table, then visited the greenhouse, which was overflowing with tomatoes, squash, corn, beans, cucumbers, carrots, basil, dill, and sage. The fall crop wouldn’t be nearly as impressive, but at least it would feature spinach, kale, and cilantro.

As they passed their two beehives on the way back to the house, Evelyn said, “I miss Google.”

“I don’t,” said Kyle. “The Benjamins are willing to trade some grain for tomatoes. Let’s ride over to their place today with some tomatoes. We can take the guitar and harmonica. They’re always up for some bluegrass and blues.”

“I miss amplification.”

“Would you stop? There’s no use complaining about anything. The solar storms knocked out most of the transformers around here for at least another year. We’re lucky we set ourselves up like we did.”

“I know. Still, it used to be so nice to just sit around after a long day and watch Game of Thrones.”

“The auroras after the storms were the real show for me. We’ll never see anything like that again. Anyway, let’s be sure to use apple wood for the fire this morning. Best smell ever, burning apple wood. I’ll unwrap some ham, and we’ll do it up. That should hit the spot.”

As they sat at the table after breakfast and sipped the last of their coffee, Evelyn looked at the marigolds sitting in the windowsill and said, “I think I’ll bring The Secret Garden along to the Benjamins in case we decide to stay a while.”

“Sounds like a plan,” said Kyle. “Let’s throw the scraps in the compost pile and get rolling. You know what? If you ask me, the best thing about the good old days is that they’re over. All we need to live are air, water, food, and shelter.”

“And love.”

“And definitely love.”

They smiled and hugged. Kyle grabbed his rifle, and they walked to the corral to saddle up the horses.