The other night I was talking with Holly as we were getting ready for bed and she said to me, "You know that little blue house that Dad built out by the dryer?"
I said, "Yes, why?"
And then Holly proceeded to tell me this:
"Well, I asked Danny what it was and he told me it was a troll house. He said that the law says that if we have grain bins, then we have to have the house for the trolls. I asked Danny why the trolls need the house and he said it was because they eat corn and make things with corn, like corn stew, corn pie, corn casserole, and other corn things. The state laws said that Dad had to build them the house if he wanted to keep the grain bins. Mom, have you ever seen these trolls?"
I sat there in disbelief--utter shock!-- I think my jaw was literally hanging open.
Then, thank goodness, she said, "But I didn't believe him.... right? There aren't REAL trolls around here, are there?"
And at that, I LOST IT. I am STILL laughing about it.
Ahhh... Older brothers. Everyone should have at least one!
Truth be told, the guys built that little house as a moisture testing station for the new drying system they installed this summer. The dryer is pretty impressive, but as I lay awake at night listening to it hum, I try not to think about the power and propane burning through it...