It has begun—Mud Season. Thick mud, thin mud, sloppy mud, sticky mud, slick mud—mud of all types, loved by little boys, hated by moms (that is an understatement) tolerated by men (what can we do about it?)—Mud.
I remember a book that my great aunt gave me on my tenth birthday entitled, “Good Old Days On The Farm”. It was a collection of hundreds of stories written by the depression era generation reminiscing on the “good old days, back on the farm”. I spent many hours reading those stories (often up in my favorite tree), and learned many lessons from it as many told about how the farm taught (or rather ingrained in them) character, perseverance, thriftiness, family love, and of course old fashioned neighborliness—doing unto others what you would have done unto you. As I was growing up on our farm, I could relate to many of the memories told about, some of my favorite stories were, “The Old Fashioned Washtub,” “Our Old Fordson Tractor,” “The Iron Pump,” and “1,250 Pounds of Ornery Mule,.” One that I can relate to right now is the one entitled, “Country Mud” by Gilbert C Kettelkamp. It talks about how anybody that grew up in a rural area would have little difficulty recalling their experiences with the stuff. It is a great story that talks of mud and how it shaped country life, although it was merely “tolerated” he says that now he looks back at mud as one of his favorite memories of his younger years. Although I cannot remember mud being the road surface as he could, and certainly haven’t yet decided that it is one of my “cherished memories,” I have had a lot of the same experiences with it! With all of the rain we’ve had lately and with the grass not growing this time of year, it is getting muddy all over the place. Since it gets the most traffic, the front yard seems to be the worst spot. It is conveniently situated right in front of the front door to our house, and yes that opens right into momma’s clean kitchen floor (at least it was clean before us boys walked through it). Coming up with creative ways to keep it cleaner, momma places the person who has been the most serious offender (at present myself) in charge of sweeping and mopping!
I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!
Colvin Family Farm (CNG)
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) serving in the Knoxville, and Maryville, TN area (share boxes, bags, baskets)