Julia: Let’s see, that must have been right after my father’s operation. Those few weeks were pretty intense, as you can imagine. Rome was a rock during that time.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: So did you marry soon after that?
Julia: We did. Rome felt a longing to get back to his childhood home in Ohio. It felt like a miracle to have the farm. It was a miracle. He wanted to get back to Ohio as soon as possible and see what condition the house was in, but I didn’t want him to have to do that alone. I know he felt healed from his family’s tragedy, but that would have been a lonely task. So we decided to have the wedding at Christmas.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: How did Fern react to that news?
Julia: Fern? She did what she usually did-she complained and said it was an impossible task. Then she sat right down and started planning it. With such short notice, only about four hundred people could attend. A little on the small side. But it was a beautiful day.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: So then you and Rome moved to Ohio?
Julia: Sadie, my sister, wanted to come along with us for a few months to help us set up house. That ended up being a timely decision, for so many reasons.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: Oh? Such as…
Julia: [Hesitates.] Well, that’s really Sadie’s story to tell. Let’s just say…coming to Ohio was a…significant turning point in her life.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: Did the bees go with you?
Julia: Oh, my, yes! Rome could never be separated from his brown bees. He did leave M.K. with a new queen and a hive. He would have preferred waiting a few more years. Well, you know my little sister. She doesn’t really have the temperament for beekeeping. It requires…patience.
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: She told me she’s become a crackerjack beekeeper.
Julia: Mary Kate said that? [Rolls her eyes.] Fern might have an opinion about that. She’s had to take on some new chores since we left. Bee-related. (Glances toward the house.) Speaking of chores, is this going to last much longer?
Stoney Ridge Times Roving Reporter: Oh. Oh! I guess not. [Watches Julia hurry off to the house.] Well, thanks for taking a few minutes to update everyone today. [The rusty hinge of the kitchen door squeaks as Julia disappears into the house.]