Notes for a Folktale


Lopez does not try to stop the ants. They come into his house and they go under his
clothing and Lopez does not try to stop them. When Lopez goes to the village for
supplies, the people believe he is a very brave man to suffer like that and not to complain.
Now the friends of Lopez have something with which to bargain for attention in the
villages of their friends.
Lopez goes home and his beans are doing very fine. After a while the ants leave
and it is time to harvest the beans and many people have come to see the ant man and
Lopez does not wish to be rude but he has beans to harvest. That is the way it is with ants.
That is the way it is with beans.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.