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by Brian Weilert

True stories, well tragedies, are always the hardest to tell…because they aren’t fiction, are they?  They involve real people and true loss.  Sometimes when I retell the story of my sister, Experience, I can pretend it is just that, a story…made up by some writer bent on tearing at the heart of readers, but then it hits me and it all falls apart.  Sometimes, I can make it to the end, and for you I will try, but other times…well other times it is too much.   My little sister was named after a long lost relative rediscovered when my mom paid for one of those online, family tree searches.   Experience, was our great-great-great…something.   A year later my sister was born and the name gained a presence for the coming century.


My father and mother were fifth generation farmers and followed the rule that children are born and raised for the purpose of having built in laborers when the time called…whether you were a boy or girl didn’t matter.   This past June I had turned fourteen and two days later was in town getting my farmer’s driving permit so I could help more.  You grow up fast on a farm. 


As the hay on field, just behind the house, turned ready; Dad told me I would bale it this year.  I was both excited and afraid.  I had driven many a tractor over the years but the giant one used to pull the baler was a different beast all together. 


My sister and I, just over seven years apart, were closer than most would expect with such an age gap.  I guess when your nearest neighbor is three miles down a gravel road, your choice of playmates, come summer, is limited.  She and I came to an early understanding that I was older and therefore very cool.  We also had a shared love of rabbits.   When not doing chores we were able to spend time with them.  Bonnet, one of the females, had just had babies and Experience loved to hold and cuddle them.  It was when she was the happiest. There are few things more joyous than to watch a little girl, giggle while rolling in the grass with a baby bunny clutched to her chest… looking up from time to time to just tell me she loved me.  It’s odd looking back, about what I remember.  Maybe it’s just guilt.  That day…the day of the accident, I remember explaining to Experience how that, often times, when rabbits are frightened they will freeze perfectly still…like a statue, until the danger passes.  We both practiced, standing as immobile as possible.  Well, until the silence was interupted with a little squeaker of a fart seeping out from the bottom of Experience’s overalls.  We both just lost it, laughing so hard my cheeks cramped.  It was so insignificant at the time…so unimportant...


My dad had cut the hay a few days prior and raked it into rows that morning before coming to find me at the rabbit hutch with Experience.   He took me to the barn and began going over everything I would need to know in order to bale.  I was very hesitant at first telling him that I just wasn’t ready.  But he just kept telling me, I could do it, and slowly I began to believe.  To make sure, he rode the first 15 minutes with me in the field to make sure I had it. I was very nervous but acted brave telling him it was no big deal and I that indeed, “had it…no problem.”  With that assurance, he stated that he needed to run to town and expected it done by the time he returned.  I am not sure if he really had to go to town or if he just said so in order to give me the independence needed to grow as a person.  You try harder when Daddy isn’t there to run to for help.   There is a sense of self-reliance that all farmers pride themselves on and my father was ingraining this into his offspring as if it were a genetic code.


Over the next hours I was in charge.  There was a sense of power and when I had finished I could not describe my sense of pride as I looked back over the field at the lines of giant round bales.  I had done exactly what Dad had asked and he was right, I could do it.   When I pulled the tractor into the barn and walked back toward the house I was met by Mom.   She wasn’t panicked but I could tell she was breathing hard. 


“Have your seen your sister?”


“No, she was playing with the rabbits the last time I saw her…did you check the hutch?”


“I already did.  One of the babies is gone but I can’t find her anywhere…can you help



And I did.  We looked everywhere a six year old might hide, play or sleep. With each passing minute…hour…the uncertainty and fear elevated.  Neighbors were called, the sheriff, friends, and family…all making their way to find Experience. 


It was 2am and everyone had gone home hours before in hopes of starting again at first light.  Mom and Dad were sitting at the kitchen table and I was drifting off in Experience’s bed.  That is when the screaming began; a high-pitched cry of a baby that chilled the body to bone.  By the time I had shook off sleep and sprinted to the kitchen, I heard the screen door slam shut and saw the hiccupped dancing of a flashlight across the lawn, silhouetting both my parents.   I tore out after them focusing on the light, not sure quite where I was running. 


As I caught up, I realized, deep in my mind, I knew what was making that sound, I had heard it before…though at the time I would not have been able to tell you.  Together, we stumbled toward the sound, lost as to what was making the horrid cry, convincing ourselves it was Experience crying out for help.


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