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Big Green Tractor…

From A Friend Request, sequel novel to Uncommon Bond …

During psych class on Wednesday morning, in between note taking, Jerry managed to draw a map for me so I could find the rehearsal barn— complete with farmhouse, barn, silo, tractor, cornfields, and a large brown cow. Clever. It made me smile. When class ended, he tore the map out of his notebook and handed it to me. I folded it and tucked it inside my purse.

Later in the student union I ordered my usual grilled cheese and fries and waited for Jerry. I usually got there first and knew when I heard “Light My Fire” by the Doors playing on the jukebox that Jerry was there. He always played that song when he came in. It was playing now.

Jerry was dressed in his usual bell bottom jeans, black t-shirt and Army jacket. Since Illinois temperatures were a little cooler in October, he’d switched from sandals to boots. He sat down, grabbed one of my fries and noticed the map on the table. He grinned and asked, “So, what do you think?”

“I think maybe you should change your major from business to art…or architecture.”

“Nah, probably not. I’d get caught up in the colored pencils and shit and never get anything else done but the coloring part. Then they’d fire me and I’d have to pawn my guitar to buy cigarettes and beer.”

“Well, I’d still check the catalog next semester for Colored Pencil Stick Figures 101 if I were you. You could be looking at your future, especially if you have to pawn your bass.”

“Thanks, Rose. I’ll keep that in mind.” Pausing to long enough to eat another fry. “So, can you find this place or not?”

“Yes, I’m pretty sure I can follow the map as long as your left and right are the same as my left and right…and I remember to turn at the big brown cow and stop before I hit the green John Deere tractor in the cornfield. If either of them move though…I’m screwed!”

Jason Aldean – Big Green Tractor

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