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Jeremy, A big "thank" you for sharing your Christmas story with us. I grew up in the foothills of South Carolina and have lived in Kentucky for many years. I had grandparents who farmed as well and Your story mirrorowed their livesl The warm memories touched my heart and renewed my desire to share the simple things with my grandchildren and others. I have had health problems for some years now; what better gift than to leave wonderful memories for them. to enjoy!
Thanks, Gary! I'm glad you found meaning and identification in the story. We are probably the last of the generation that will have had much of any contact with farming as a way of life, and that is sad, I think, for all those that will grow up without the immediate knowledge of the Earth as provider and the simple joys of living off the land.
My healing thoughts coming your way for your health problems.
I moved into mts. of Georgia just as the old ways were fading
away, but I saw enough to deeply appreciate their beauty and
dignity and value.
I was mightly struck by your invitation to "select from your bounteous
harvest or depleted provisions that single thing which represents
the tangible results of your good work", because this year I told
everyone "do not give presents to me, because I have not made
any for you this year - no paintings, no quilts, no blackberry jelly,
because I have been consumed by a music challenge." (and when
I wasn't stressing over that, I was seeking solace in my garden!)
So that is my "good work" this year. I have helped to bring extra
beautiful music to this area, and I have kicked my own bravery up
a couple of notches. But I have nothing to tie a bow on.
Thanks for your kind comments, Fitsy! It is often the things that won't fit in a box that are truly the most valuable. Thanks for sharing your music to your community and for presenting it as your "Christmas apple" here.
Have a wondrous New Year filled with harmonious tunes!