"That's number 874," she replies...but in a tone that suggests a certain amount of, shall we say, snooty condescending superiority, suggesting that I never actually follow through with any of my big ideas.
Also, I'd like to add here that her numbers started quite randomly in the six hundreds somewhere and therefore are both arbitrary and capricious on her part to begin with. I am reasonably certain that the real number is actually much lower and probably in fact remains well under 500.
At the foot of a hill on my parent's farm is rumored to be the site of one of the oldest settlements in our county. I waited for Lorri to go to work one morning, smiled and nonchalantly waved good-bye, and then hurried to get my digging clothes on and get out there. Something incredible was just around the corner.
There was nothing but dirt. The "coffin lid" as it turned out, was an old rusted water heater (circa 1950's) that had been cut in half the long way (probably for use as a feed trough for cows) and then flattened out in the middle until it was shaped...well, a lot like a casket lid. Filling the giant hole back in accounted for another hour and then it was time to hurry back home and do chores to create the appearance of having spent the day doing useful things before Lorri got back.
***Note for fellow treasure hunters. Beer cans and beer can tabs are made of aluminum. Unless you spent $2,000 on your metal detector, it will make the exact same high pitched beeping sound for aluminum that it does for silver coins.
37 beer cans
33 beer can tabs
17 pop bottle lids
11 chunks of aluminum foil
4 unidentifiable chunks of rusty metal
1 brass drawer pull handle that I had originally misidentified as a gold watch fob
1 hot wheel car from 1980 (missing two wheels)
1 top of an old wood cook stove
1 rusted horse hoof file
1 top of an old mason jar
High Value Items:
3 pennies dated between 1970 & 1974
1 dime dated 1974
1 Kennedy half dollar dated 1971, leading me to assume that the 1970's were a time when people had more money than they knew what to do with and were simply throwing it around in the air like confetti.
1 silver dime dated 1947 and valued at $4.00!
And, when Lorri came home and got to see my newly discovered riches...you're probably wondering if she wasn't eating her words from before, or feeling bad about having poked so much fun at me in the past, right? Or maybe she would just be overwhelmed with joy for me?
Well, she wasn't. It was almost like she didn't even care at all about my time or my excitement or my discoveries. She was only complaining about something. I don't even remember what it was about. I think it was something about the yard...
Thanks for reading!