I started my day at a 8:45 a.m. with an old fashioned breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy and a couple slices of bacon at Aunt E's house. Then, we got to working! The Uncle H and Cousin L went and bought 5 bags of corn (there were about 70 ears in each bag) just before the crack of dawn this morning.
The women-folk got to shucking and washing corn all morning! I practically did a whole bag by myself (and this was my FIRST time doing a large scale shucking). My arms are tired. I think I might have bulked up just a tad! Cousin N had to "modify" my set-up for me since my baby belly is in the way and I can't bend down like I used to. Anyway, while we were shucking and washing the corn, we also watched the little kids play in the little pool and the sandbox. A whole lot of work was done. And a whole lot of fun was had by all.
|Fun with water.|
|Nothing says summer like WATERMELON!|
|Fun in the sandbox.|
Lesson Learned: Remember the story "The Ant and The Grasshopper" from Aesop's fables? I know about this story since I was a kid. And I believed, I have always been planning and working for the future. However, all these putting up of peaches, berries and corn is actually quite a literal lesson of that story. I must make sure my baby learn this valuable lesson of hard work and planning for the future.
While shucking all the corn, I thought:
- I am thankful for my boyfriend's family. They really instilled the true value and meaning of family love and togetherness in me. Even though I am so far away from my own family, there are simply no words to express how thankful I am to be part of this wonderful crew and to have their constant love and support.
- It is summer break for me, but I have been busy with little things like putting up fruits and vegetables and helping the boyfriend at work. I enjoy spending time with the family while doing something productive.
Much better than sheer idleness.
But sometimes, some sheer idleness is quite fun too. There has to be a balance.
- I have learned to let things go instead of harping on things. Some things are just not within your control and aren't worth stressing over or worrying about.
Just let it go. Life will still go on.
- I am also glad that I have learned to surround myself with drama-free, easy-going people, positive people. They make life a WHOLE lot positive since we are always encouraging each other!
What are some valuable lesson you've learned recently?