It has long been my dream to write and illustrate a series of children’s books. Several years ago, I even took a watercolor class so I could learn how paint hummingbirds or other critters for the books. I quickly learned that I’m no artist but I did enjoy the process of mixing beautiful colors to make other beautiful colors. Then life got really busy…..I became a mom, my job became more demanding and time-consuming and frankly, I just didn’t have the energy to work on it.
Yesterday, we made our weekly trip to the sale Barn. It’s truly one of the highlights of my week. It’s so busy here on the farm. We are working harder than we ever have. I used to think I worked a lot…and I did, but it wasn’t nearly as intense as this lifestyle we have right now. I’m not complaining ….at all. I’m glad for the work. Those shirts or bumper stickers you see that say, “If you ate today, thank a farmer” make a heckuva lot more sense now.
When I was little, I remember our family driving down the road and my mom would say, “Albert, did you see all those blackberries? Go back…let’s get some.” And my dad would always turn around. We’d find a sack or something in the car to take the berries home in and then we’d be on our merry way, with our contraband blackberries, juice running down our necks and stained hands. Those days almost always ended with a blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream.