Friday, July 22, 2011


Summer brings wonderful things like fresh fruit and vegetables, but I have to admit I don't find much else about it to be all that great. I'm not a summer girl. You'd think someone who's generally cold like me would love it when the temperature rises. Alas, that is not the case. Maybe I would like it more if the temperature didn't have to double the point at which I want a sweater.

But, the fresh food is a wonderful compensation. I took this photo when I was visiting in Kentucky. Of course, shortly after I took this, a wind storm destroyed large parts of the crops. This, combined with the excessive heat, is going to make it a hard year for farmers.

Farming is an occupation fraught with these unpredictable difficulties. But, for people who are committed to farming as a way of life, nothing else will do. I'm so thankful there are people who seek this lifestyle and provide for the rest of us in such a tremendous way.

Having grown up on a farm, I saw up close how difficult it was. But, it also included opportunities I wouldn't have had any other way. I'm thankful I know what corn tastes when it's been picked an hour earlier, and I'm glad I've had the joy of picking a tomato and eating it while it's still warm from the sun. I'm afraid those things will disappear.


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