The Official Writing Challenge
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Hoped your title would deliver what I was thinking it would and it did!. Well done, oh to have a childhood memory like this. Engaged all the way through and especially enjoyed the last line. Keep up the good words.
I enjoyed the pictures from your third paragraph, "throng of rabble gulls" "yodeling calls of gulls". Growing up I would go with my Dad to the sale barn where they had weekly livestock auctions… Your description of the livestock market is perfect… I can hear it and smell it. :) --I also remember the stale tobacco smell mixed in. I love this phrase "farming fraternity", and your "sold to the invisible man who'd wiped his nose last" made me smile… (It was always fun to watch the inconspicuous bidding.) You brought back so many memories and your descriptions are so perfect… no one would be able to write like this if they weren't a first hand observer. Thanks for this trip down memory lane.