This Carpenter was Hired to Build a Fence Between Two Feuding Brothers. What He Did Instead is Pure Genius.

I knew two brothers, who lived on adjoining farms, fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side,... This Carpenter was Hired to Build a Fence Between Two Feuding Brothers. What He Did Instead is Pure Genius.

I knew two brothers, who lived on adjoining farms, fell into conflict.

It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox.

“I’m looking for a few days’ work,” he said.

“Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?”

“Yes,” said the older brother.

“I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor. In fact, it’s my younger brother! Last week there was a meadow between us. He recently took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place or his face anymore.”


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