Harvest has been underway for about a month and for someone who grew up on a farm or knows what I’m talking about, it’s just another part of this crazy life we live.
Growing up I loved this time of year, you knew it was getting close to harvest when dad would take out his John Deere 7720 Combine and start power washing and fixing what needed fixed before it was time to start picking. What was even more exciting was getting to ride with him and really getting up close and personal with it all. Today, instead of riding along with my dad, I’m riding shotgun next to my fiance, (in a CASE combine mind you). My mom would fix meals for my dad in the field, and one special meal I always remember was her hot ham and cheese sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil. I know it doesn’t sound that special, but let me tell you we were crazy about them. Now, that I think of it maybe it wasn’t just these special sandwiches that made us go crazy, maybe it was the moments that lied ahead. As soon as my mom finished wrapping and folding them in a towel, to keep warm, we would all pile into the truck and head out to bring dad lunch. When we would reach the field we had a few minutes to watch and admire all of dad’s hard work before we radioed him in. Then all hell broke loose after he pulled up and started shutting everything down. We all jumped out and ran yelling mom made sandwiches, and I kid you not we would just stare at him while he ate while he told mom how things were going and if anything major or minor happened.
Today I’m the one bringing out the wrapped sandwiches and instead of radio’s I’m sending text messages. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the butterflies I still get when he pulls up and shuts everything down. I continue to admire his hard work just like I did my dads, but instead of running and yelling, I canter towards him trying not to trip and fall over corn stalks. Harvest is felt not just through the person doing the work, but through your family, the people your life is centered around.
I would love to know if any of you experience harvest or maybe something like it! What makes it so ham and cheese special?
Please say a pray for all the farmers and their families, so everyone has a safe and plentiful harvest.