“It’s time, David.”
David goes on another hike with the town philosopher
This wasn’t Darren speaking, but his beard. Since last summer he had grown it into full mountain man splendor. People in Vermont age hard and full-bore. It’s the only thing that changes here: rougher edges, worse teeth, building alcoholism, and, if you’re a man, more facial hair.
“Time for what?”
“You need to ask?”