MPW.70 / 2018 Hands of Labor, Hands of Love by Thomas Hudson-Gomez
Thomas Hudson-Gomez Vashon, Wash.
Team Gilka

Story Summary

Seventeen-year-old Christopher Volner lives on the edge of his hometown, dismissive of his family's dark past. He finds pride and pleasure in the long hours he spends on the dairy farm, and he pours his energy into time spent with his niece and nephew. “I was reluctant to hire him, but he shows up every day,” the owner of the dairy farm admits. “I think he is more capable than he lets on.” Christopher names all the cows and smiles as he talks of treating them kindly. He dreams of a day he can own chickens and horses.