October 16, 2020
Werner and June Paulet owned the farm at the corner of Schweitzer Mountain Road and Boyer. June would keep our family stocked with fresh carrots and baby cucumbers, which we all loved, and especially Mom. Werner had a custom of taking old tools that he had replaced with newer versions and laying them on the roadside just beyond their house before the intersection of Boyer Road and Schweitzer Mountain Road. Our dad couldn't pass up a tool on the side of the road, and neither could I, so I have some still-useful legacy tools...some of which I think are engraved with WP.... We always supposed that Werner was sitting in his living room, just watching to see who scavenged his old discards--"Oh Look June, it's Munce again!" Werner couldn't much carry a tune, but he LOVED to be part of the bass section in the Messiah Concerts our dad spearheaded yearly at Christmas time. Once June sold the ranch, our corner of the Idaho Panhandle was not the same anymore. That said, the beautiful vistas that Marianne and I very much enjoy from our home here now fully capture Paulet's Farm, and we hope it remains just as it is in perpetuity. I don't know where June and Werner stood on this doctrinal subject, but I come from a tradition that believes that we sleep until resurrection day, and my reading of Luther's teachings, which form the foundation of Werner and June's Lutheran faith, sometimes agreed with mine and sometimes diverged from it a bit. Nevertheless, metaphorically speaking, I can imagine Werner and June looking down from heaven, and Werner says, "Oh look June, that's one of the Munces driving down Boyer and slowing just a bit while passing our farmhouse, and now he’s pulling over toward the roadside...but there's no one there offering fresh carrots and baby cucumbers, and there's nothing on the roadside to be collected, so he's moving on...and it's time for choir practice here." For sure, he can now carry a tune, and June is providing fresh carrots and baby cucumbers for all the saints...but my legacy tool inventory remains static.