Summertime

In the South, this time of year is known for heat, mosquitoes, watermelon, and sweet tea. These things haven’t changed over the years….or have they?

I don’t remember it being quite so hot when I was young. I wonder if it’s my memory that’s off or was it my internal thermostat? Even in today’s heat my grand kids would much rather play outside than indoors.

When I was a teenager, summer mornings were spent working in my grandparents’ garden. I remember rows and rows of vegetables. There were peas to pick, potatoes to dig, squash, tomatoes, pole beans and fruit trees. How did they do it? Plowing, planting, hoeing, weeding and whatever else took place in the heat of the day to make a garden grow. Am I the only one who had to shell peas in order to watch t.v.? I had purple thumbs for weeks! Now, most vegetables are purchased at the store or the Farmer’s Market. Are there any Grandparents that still grow a garden? Any that still can and preserve? Something I wish I had paid more attention to. It seems that when we have the time to learn things, we don’t have the interest, And when we have the interest, we don’t have the time? Now it all seems like a lost art….

But we still have watermelon, sweet tea…..And Mosquitoes!!

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