/ September 8, 2016 /
Every week for the last few months, I’ve been working on Sundays to be off on Tuesdays. I may not work my regular job but I do spend a full day at my folk’s farm. I decided to take on working 6 days a week to help them out since I do have that flexibility. For that I’m blessed that I have the ability to do that.
Working back on the farm is a huge reminder of how hard it is to really get food put on our tables week after week. It’s something too many of us take for granted when we get to drive to air conditioned markets and pull out a shopping cart and leisurely pick up what we want to eat each week. That is really a luxury that each and everyone has while living in modern times. For some people, that is just hard work because they have to go through hundreds of selections to decide which is the best for them.
As I stood over the large papaya bins this past Tuesday, I really was up close with nature. I had several nice big, brown spiders crawl up my arm and down my leg. Some earwigs made their way up my arm. A yellow jacket came buzzing close to my head as I leaned over to grade the papayas picked the day before. Some ants crawled up my arms and bit me on my neck leaving me with itchy welts. Occasionally, I find a baby centipede crawling around too. I picked up papayas weighing just a few ounces to some weighting nearly 3 lbs. Multiple that by the over 1000 I likely sorted out. Working on the farm is plenty exercise in a day and I wasn’t even the one picking papaya the day before either.
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