One important scene involves Uncle David's effort to return to his lost youth and prove the other men wrong. The old man tells many tall tales in the long winter months, and the boys listen to them. The stories are so far-fetched that they cannot be true, but David sets out to prove the veracity of one: chopping a single log simultaneously with two axes that meet in the middle.
Although the old man sets out to do this in private, to prove it to himself, the boys are watching from inside. They are astonished to see him achieve this feat, and they immediately grasp its meaning: "He's young again," Wayne whispers, and both boys start to cry. Just as quickly, once his feat is accomplished, David fades into old age again.