Is he a farmer?
"I think it takes more of a man, more brains, more character,
more courage, more bodily vigor,
to be a truly successful farmer
than it requires in any other calling I know."
Is he a soldier? Poet? Businessman?
"He was a Spitfire pilot, poet, businessman, occasional organist
but not, it has to be said, wholly practical.
What he could do he did brilliantly
and what he could not do he could never learn to do."
Ronald Blythe speaking of a friend Monty in Word from Wormingford
Is he a policeman?
"After fifty-four years of hard, joyful living, Detective Hoke Doop of the Durham police department knew where to put his faith.
He believed in the power of an old-fashioned preacher to scare the hell out of sinners, and the messy, majestic power of the law to punish sinners who wouldn't get scared. As a young man he'd
stuck a foot inside the barely open door to the city's all-white police force and become, against all odds, what he'd wanted to be since he was a kid watching cops-and-robbers movies from the colored
section in the balcony of a Durham theater. He became an officer of the law.
He believed in the awesome love of his fat, sassy little wife, Louetta; the fine qualities of their four
grown children, and the innocence of their six grandkids.
He believed that hot fried catfish and cold beer could soothe any man's troubles,
and that Elvis had been the only white man who could sing gospel music with true soul.
And he believed Elvis was really dead--no small feat in these parts.
Hoke was nobody's fool."
Deborah Smith in Silk and Stone
The farmer's picture in today's post is rather murky--as most dream men are. Did you have a Dream Man when you were young? Or several? I just know that you married women are going to play it safe and say it's your husband! My husband plainly says that his Dream Girl is Barbara Streisand. He prefers her beauty to Angelina Jolie's any day. When you've been married as long as we have you're not afraid to tease each other a little bit. So who is my Dream Man? It would have to be Jimmy Stewart in almost any role he ever played but especially roles where he wore old v-neck sweaters and slightly wrinkled khaki trousers.
Who is your Dream Man, ladies?