“Now that we are all settled, pass those rolls and some of that turkey. I am starved and Danny here is thin as a rail,” he said placing some more meat on his plate.
After dinner they all gathered in the living room for some light conversation. Robert sets up the cot in the bedroom. “Will why don't you take Richard with you boys and go finish your chores for the night, I am sure he would like to see some of the farm,” Pa said.
Robert came back from setting up Richard’s cot to help Will pick up EJ and put him in the cart that they made him. EJ turned back to look at Richard and laughed seeing his puzzled face. “What do think, that I stay in house all day?” he replied.
“Actually I did EJ, what in the heck are you doing in that?” Richard asked.
EJ laughed. “I'm doing my chores silly, come on, it will be fun.”
Richard shook his head. “Crazy, maybe they have lost it, but I do want to see this farm.”
Martha, Wayne and Grandma sat on the couch looking out the window, watching the boys’ head out to the farm. “Martha thanks for making him feel so welcomed, it’s nice to get him out of the house once in while,” she said.
“Glad to have him and EJ would have like too see him to.”
Grandma sat on the couch pondering about her granddaughters. “Wayne could you use some extra help on the farm for while?” She asked.
“Yes I could, what do have in mind?” Wayne asked.
“I would like to spend sometime with my granddaughters before they go back home. I was thinking about leaving in the morning anyway, but Martha gave me an idea. I really hate to impose, but could I leave Danny here for a few more days?” She asked.
Martha, Wayne smiled. “Grandma you can always leave him here, you know that” Martha said squeezing Wayne’s hand.
“Thanks Wayne.” Then she turned looking out the window, “I also want to leave Richard here as well. I think it would be good for him to get out and get some fresh air and out of the house,” she replied plus he never really got long with Peggy and could never see eye to eye as they argued constantly.
Wayne, Martha laughed. “You want to take the city out of him, get him to relax?” Wayne asked.
“Yes it will do him good, he's wound up so tight and he worries about everything. Doesn't know what's like just have a goodtime anymore. Need to lose him up. I believe this is the place and get a little sun, put laughter back in that boy. Give him a couple of weeks here with EJ and Danny and he'll be a new person.”
Wayne turned to Martha with her hand in his. “Grandma of course he can stay, but how are you going to get him too stay where you want him? He’s lot older then EJ,” Wayne asked.
Grandma smiled. “He may be stubborn, but he won't have a choice. I have the keys to his car and I'll remove the sparkplugs. Car won't be an option. He might need a change of clothes in morning too Martha, but I think you can find something, your good with a needle and thread,” she replied as she laughed to herself.
Wayne looked at Grandma and slapped his knee then chuckled. “We could turn him into an Indian,” he said as he laughed.
Martha gives him a hard stare. “We have enough of those dear, besides his a little old to be playing Indian. No, he'll make a fine young farmer boy and that's, that,” she said.
“Yes dear,” Wayne said. Knowing better not to cross her when she not in the mood.
Seeing the boys back from doing the chores, Wayne asked. “So Richard what do think of our little farm?”
“I wouldn't call it little sir, not by a long shot. Sir a person could get lost out there very easily, if they didn't know where he was going,” he replied.
“Glad you liked it son, now go wash up and we will have some desert and take a look at some of those pictures you brought.”
“Yes sir,” followed the boys back down the hall to wash up.
Will and Robert sit EJ back on the couch next to Danny and Grandma. Grandma turned to Danny. “Danny how would like to stay here for a few more days?” She asked.
“Really! Can I Grandma?” He asked.
“Yes Danny,” she said.
“EJ did you hear that?” Danny said then puts his arms around his brother and gives Grandma a hug as well. ”Alright go play with Sam,” she said.
“Yes Grandma,” he said climbing down from the couch and grabbed a toy truck out of the box of toys in the corner and joined Sam on the hard wooden floor.
“Martha he really likes it here, at least he has someone to play with. The sad thing is when he goes home, his sisters; they won't play with him there,” Grandma said.
Wayne watched Danny play with Sam. “Yes, and too think he has two girls here that think he is so adorable, they just can't get enough of him and spoil him all day long.”
Julie and Anna brought in the desert as Richard and the boys come back into the living room. Richard hands EJ a package. “This from me and your grandmother, it's a get well present,” he said.
EJ opened the package. His eyes nearly fall out of his head. “Grandma,” it's a leather jacket just like yours and Danny's,” he replied. Wayne and Martha shook their heads, but then again they were not all that surprised.
“I thought you would like it EJ, that should make your parents mad,” she said.
“What else is new Grandma? They are always mad about something, doesn't matter if me or Danny did it or not.”
Grandma sighed” I know son, I know,” as she gives him a little hug.
“Oh you'll be fine,” she said.
“Now then Martha, Wayne.” Passing them the photos albums, “your going to like these, you too Julie and Anna. These are pictures of EJ and Danny,” she said.
“Grandma you didn't?” As EJ looks at them and Grandma and starts to blush.
“I thought they would like to see what you two looked like when were just babies.” Julie and Anne giggled as they turned the pages.
“Oh he’s so cute,” they said, EJ blushes more and more as they giggle.
“Oh look there’s even some pictures of Richard,” Grandma said.
Richard dropping his fork and blushes red then under his breath. “Mmooother!”
Wayne and Martha showed Grandma some pictures of Robert, Will and the rest of the family. The boys blush as well. After they looked at all the pictures Grandma gave them a copy of EJ’s birth certificate. “Your going to need this for all his paper work and his social Martha so don't lose it, guard it with your life,” she said.
“Yes Grandma. I was wondering when his birthday was. I tried asking him about it, but he wouldn't tell me that silly boy. Said they, never celebrate it,” she said.
“Most likely they don't, but Grandma does and Danny's too,” and writes down Danny birthday for them to.” Grandma looked over at the two little boys. “Looks like they have played themselves out,” seeing them with cake all over their faces and chocolate in their hands spread eagle on the floor.
Wayne went over and picked up little Danny in his arms and laid him against his shoulder then carried him down the hall. After cleaning him up, he put him to bed and retuned down the hall for little Sam with the same care then tucked them both into bed before turning out the light. “Well we have a big day tomorrow boys. I want to get started building onto those rooms; plus almost time to harvest the hay again so we need to get an early start tomorrow,” Pa said.
“Yes Pa.” they yawned getting up put the chairs around the table and headed to their room saying goodnight as they left.
Richard checked out the window to make sure everything was ok and then walked outside to check the doors on the car and the walked back into the house.
“Everything ok Richard?” Wayne asked watching come back through door as he closed it behind him.
“Yes sir, just checking that's all, habit,” he replied.
“Richard I set a pare of PJs on the cot for ya son,” Martha said.
Grandma watched Richard follow the boys down the hall. “Wayne can I borrow a light for minute?” Grandma asked as they all go out on the porch to enjoy the cool night air before turning in.
Pa went to the barn and brought back a lantern. Watching Grandma pull Richard’s keys from out of her purse, she opened the car door and popped the hood and removed the spark plugs wires from the engine. Putting them in the trunk of her car and then taking the spark plug wrench from the tool box, removed the sparks plugs and puts them into the trunk with the wires. Wayne shook his head, “Grandma you are just full surprises,” he said.
“Wayne who do you think works on the bike when it breaks down? I like to tinker now then.” She said as she laughed closing the hood of the car and locked it and placed the keys back into her purse. “Martha did do you what I asked about those PJs?” She asked as she giggled.
Wayne gazes over at her then at Grandma with a questionable look. “Oh he'll be fine Wayne,” Grandma said and pats him on the knee. “We just gave him the wrong size that's all. Yours were too big so we gave him a pair of Will's instead, because Robert doesn't have any.”