When my brother Gid left Letcher County to move to Tennessee, he bought a small farm between the Indian reservation and the local TV station.
The first winter started coming on, and the braves asked the old chief how much wood they should cut to last through the winter. The chief didn’t want to admit he didn’t know, so he told them to cut wood for one more week and let him think about it.
The next day the chief put on his white man clothes and went to see what his new neighbor, Gid, thought about the winter and if he would need a lot of wood or not.
Gid said he didn’t know much more than looking at woolly worms and hornets’ nests, and just guessing at it. But he did have a good friend next door who was a real weatherman, and he had lots of stuff that told him about the weather.
The chief made Gid promise not to tell who he was. He didn’t want it to get back to the braves.
They went on over to the TV station and asked the weatherman what he thought about the oncoming winter. Would it be bad or not? He told them he didn’t know much yet, but could they check back in a week or so.
The next week the braves asked the chief how much more weed. He told them to cut one more week and he would think on it.
The next day the chief went to Gid’s and they went to see the weatherman about the winter. He said he couldn’t say for sure yet, but it looked like it may be real bad, and they should check again next week.
Well, the next week the braves asked the chief how much more wood. The chief said it looked bad and they should cut one more week and let him think on it. The braves could hardly believe it. They were worked to death and had a mountain of wood cut. But they agreed to one more week.
The next week the chief went to Gid’s and they went to see the weatherman. He told them he was just about positive it was going to be the worst winter in history. So they thanked him and started to leave.
As they started out the door, the chief asked the weatherman just what kind of special equipment he used to predict the weather.
The weatherman replied he had weather satellites and weather stations all over, but he never used them. He said that he just watched the Indians down on the reservation and judging from the amount of wood they had cut, “I think it’s going to be the worst winter in history.”