Statewide – While much of the United States is in the grips of a heatwave, thousands of dads in Maine believe conditions are ideal for splitting and stacking wood.
“It’s the weekend and for once I got nothing else to do, nothing’s good on TV and there’s no holidays coming up,” said Maine dad Peter Levesque of Bethel. “Wood’s not going to stack itself.”
“All them unsplit logs have been driving me about crazy, so today’s the day they finally get taken care of.”
Gerry Smith of Houlton shares Levesque’s views on splitting, and neatly stacking, his enormous woodpile today rather than a different weekend.
“Might rain next Saturday for all I know. I’m not working outside in that,” Smith said.
“Sure, it’s hot today, but come February we’ll be begging for a day like today,” said Machias dad Rick Maker.
“Might just as well get things started sooner rather than later,” he added.
With severe heat advisories across much of the state today, Maine’s sons and daughters say they aren’t surprised at the overwhelming urgency of Maine’s fathers for tending the woodpile.
“He picks the hottest day of the summer just so he can tell everyone down to the store about how he worked stacking wood on the hottest day of the summer,” said Jennifer Thierault of Caribou.
Thierault said her father is planning to wait until a day when the forecast calls for 100% chance of afternoon rain to bale and stack hay “so he can tell everyone how fast we had to chuck the bales on the trailer to get ahead of the rain.”
The woodpile Levesque is working on today is for wood he plans to burn in the winter of 2024.
“Don’t want to fall behind,” he said.