A reflective harvest
September 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Harvest is a tremendous time of year. Growing up on a farm, and now working in town, harvest is an annual event I so look forward to. It gets my mind clear. I love the open air and space, I love reconnecting to a unique and wonderful group of people who grow food for all of us. These people are the salt of the earth. Their values, their caring for each other,are a tremendous boost whenever I’m there.
So, when our tenant called last Friday morning and said the corn dried out earlier than predicted, and they’d be in our field in the afternoon, I called my wife, we loaded up, and headed to the farm.
As we happily drove, with excited anticipation of being on the combines, tractors and trucks, watching the culmination of the miracle of growth of a crop, we saw some sobering sites. As we passed many fields on the way to our own, we saw that this year would be different. Farming in SC Kansas, we were on the edge of the severe drought that hit the Midwest this year. We saw dryland and irrigated crops that didn’t look like year’s past. We knew what that meant. Many farmers would struggle this year.
What we also knew was ours was far from the worst. Further west in Kansas, and into Oklahoma and Texas, many farmers had nothing. The further we went, the more we reflected on our fortune. No, we wouldn’t have the crop of past years, but we were blessed to have what we did.
We made it to the farm, rode the combines, tractors and trucks, and watched the corn flow. It was still a wonderful harvest, but we did take time to talk about and ponder what could have been, and what was reality just a few miles west and south of our farm, as well as some who were not as fortunate right in our area.
Farming can be a teacher for all aspects of life. When we think we don’t have what we want or all we’d like, we should consider others, who would be ecstatic just to have what we have. We always try to count our blessings. This year some of those blessings came in small yellow kernels a lot of good people didn’t have. Take some time to count your blessings. I’m betting you have more than you think.