Still thinking about those summers living on the top of Wilbraham Mountain . . . the children used to work at the farm in the valley. The farmer would pay the children with vegetables as well as a roll of quarters. Young Deron was so proud to be bringing fresh vegetables home to the family, vegetables that he himself had harvested, so proud that he announced to his Grandpa Peter one day, "Look, Grandpa, I'm putting food on the table!"
Grandpa Peter, a lifelong gardener himself, never tired of telling the tale.