le petit jardinier (more to the story than meets the eye)


“le petit jardinier”, etching by erik desmazière

i spent the summer of 1973 working as an assistant greenskeeper at the elks club golf course in rapid city. assistant greenskeeper may be too good of a description for my actual job which was confined to the simplest of tasks: mowing fairways, fishing rattlesnakes out of the cups on the far greens, running errands, playing nurse to the head greenskeeper as he repaired machinery, “hand me the #12 allen wrench,” “rag!”, “wipe my brow!” (okay, not the last one, but almost.), and most importantly dreaming of randy, the other assistant. (whom i’ve written about in these pages, but i can’t find the link right now. c’est la vie, n’est-ce pas?)


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