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Ladder to the Loft

When my son was five years old, I showed him around my grandfather’s farm, pointing out the hard work and skills it once took to farm the land. As we entered the cow barn, I gazed up at the long, handmade ladder to the loft and explained that that was where my grandfather had kept the hay to feed the cows. I was delighted at the impression this seemed to make, until my son remarked, “I bet it was hard for those cows to climb that ladder.”

Carol Podemski, Reader’s Digest, November, 1991