LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
We were sitting out on the front porch last Saturday afternoon when a big, red, late- model pick up whizzed by on Charlie Brown. It looked like there was a man driving and a woman riding shotgun Now the only things that separate my front porch from Charlie Brown Road are about 50 feet of mostly-crabgrass and clover, gently-sloping lawn and an old rock wall that keeps the front yard from sliding out into the road.
Charlie Brown is about half a mile long and runs parallel to Old Railroad Grade. The roads are separated by three dwellings, a barn and a long, narrow hay field some 200 feet wide in places. I've been told that our road was a side track in a former life back in the 19th century. Suffice to say there's no sign now that trains once ran up and down our little valley, except that we have, by far, the two straightest roads in Garrard County.
I have no idea where drivers come from or where they're going because there's only 6 families living on Charlie Brown and none of us have a lot of company. We all know the mailman, the paper guy, the UPS lady, several FedX guys and the meter readers on a first name basis. And some fellows also run cattle on the pastureland that surrounds my place so they drive by quite often.
In fact my closest neighbors are cows. I have cattle living behind me and on both sides and I like it like that because cows are not nearly as nosy as people and they are generally much easier to get along with. We've mostly had cows as next door neighbors for the last 25 years and only had a couple or three serious arguments that had to do with trampling my garden. Bottom line; given the choice between cows and people for next door neighbors; I'll take cows every day of the week.