The Lonely Scarecrow sat on the fence post with his partner, Hazel. He was very happy because he was no longer lonely. He had Hazel to talk to. The other scarecrows on Joshua and Penny’s farm were all very happy as well because they too, had partners.
“It seems giving the scarecrows partners is helping because it seems the crows are less bothersome,” said Joshua.
“Yes,” said Penny. “It does seem to have helped.”
The Lonely Scarecrow was talking to Hazel about the weather. He looked over at her and he noticed something was wrong. She didn’t look very happy.
“What is wrong?” asked Lonely Scarecrow.
“I am bored,” said Hazel.
“Why are you bored?” asked Lonely Scarecrow.
“I guess I am bored of sitting on this fence post all day and night,” said Hazel. “I want more out of life.”
“Hazel,” said Lonely Scarecrow. “You do realize that you are a scarecrow right?”
“Yes,” said Hazel. “I do but there has to be more to a scarecrow’s life than this.”
“Our whole existence is based on the fact that we are to keep the crows away from the crops,” said Lonely Scarecrow. “I have been giving you light duty up until now. What about you taking over more of the responsibility of keeping the crows away. Would that keep you from being bored?”
“It might work,” said Hazel.
That evening, Hazel took over more responsibility of keeping the crows away. While she was working, Lonely Scarecrow talked with his scarecrow friend, Dallas.
“How is your partner doing?” asked Lonely Scarecrow.
“She is bored,” said Dallas. “She wants more out of life.”
“So does Hazel,” said Lonely Scarecrow.
“Women!” exclaimed Dallas.
Lonely Scarecrow spoke to Hazel after her shift that night.
“So,” said Lonely Scarecrow. “How do you feel now? Are you less bored?”
“The shift was good,” said Hazel. “I did enjoy my work but I am still bored.”
“I talked to Dallas last night,” said Lonely Scarecrow. “He said his partner is bored as well.”
“I am glad I am not the only one that is bored,” said Hazel.
“I don’t know what we can do to fix it,” said Lonely Scarecrow.
“You did try,” said Hazel. “I do appreciate your effort.”
“Thank you,” said Lonely Scarecrow. “I do wish there was more I could do.”
Penny was out wandering around the field, checking on the progress of some of the new strains of crops they were growing. She noticed that the male scarecrows were very happy but there was something not quite right about the females.
“The female scarecrows look bored,” Penny told Joshua that evening.
“Bored!” laughed Joshua. “Are you serious?”
“Quite serious,” said Penny. “And I know just the thing to help them.”
Penny spent the rest of that evening making some baby scarecrows. She took them out to the females that next morning.
“Thank you!” Hazel exclaimed when Penny handed her a baby scarecrow. “I am so happy now.”
“And what about your boredom?” asked Penny.
“I am pretty sure that I will not have time for boredom now,” laughed Hazel, hugging the baby tight.
“Good,” said Penny, off to deliver the next scarecrow baby. “I had a feeling a baby would help.”
“It did,” said Hazel. “Thank you!”