The farmer, Benton, is 55. He never married. His high school sweetheart died two weeks before their wedding day, and then both his parents died the next year, leaving him with the 120 acre farm and a dairy herd. Benton kept the farm going so his younger brother could go to college, get married, and move a couple of towns away. Benton keeps Jersey cows. He’s partial to Jerseys since they have gentle faces, and their milk has a relatively high percentage of cream. The farm house needs paint, but it’s structurally quite sound. He stays home a lot, watching all kinds of sports on TV, but he’s not too shy to go for an occasional beer at the AC Tap where no one looks twice at his worn coveralls. Benton’s dilemma is that over the years he has grown surprisingly rich. No one knows this. He drives his parents’ 1952 GMC pickup, has old but well-kept farm equipment, and keeps his money with a financial adviser his father had used who lives three states away. He’s trying to decide what to do with all his money before he’s too old to spend it. What does a man who doesn’t want anything do with more money than he knows what to do with?
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