I often start writing the Thanksgiving post whenever I am feeling like I need to exercise my gratitude muscles. This year, I started uploading pictures on November 13 after I learned about the bombing in Beirut. But, I didn't get very far. It can be difficult to think about good things when you have bad news on your mind. Then, the Paris attacks occurred and I thought maybe I should say something after that. But what? Then, I watched - horrified - while people used these terrible events to belittle and demonize others because they didn't hold the same opinion or have the same religion or have the same cultural background. This is a time when the good people on this earth should be in mourning and thinking about how we could help each other. This is a time when we should all find the common ground regardless of race, religion, orientation, creed or stance on *fill in the blank hot topic*. This is a time where we should be trying HARDER to understand people different than we are and trying less hard to determine if we can categorize them as with us or against us.
So, what can I do about it?
This is a farm blog with limited readership. One post may be read by as few as one person (the farmer) or as many as one hundred - if you give it a year or so with lots of references to the post. I can shout into the ether all I want, but it isn't likely to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. What a terrible feeling that is - to have the desire to help and to feel that you are impotent and unable to do so.
So, what AM I going to do about it?
|I'm going to remind myself (and you) that there is always a chance to make a difference.|
|And, when I don't feel strong, I will let others help me to stand again.|
|And when today is over, I'll prepare to do my best again tomorrow|
|Columbine are an under-appreciated flower, in my opinion.|
|It is incredible how small some of our plants are when they first start.|
|Those trays represent the potential for over 3200 plants.|
And, when you get good people to join you in your tasks, the combined energy and effort can result in results that you can look back on with pride.
|Yes, we did plant that whole field today!|
|A tired, but pleased construction crew.|
|1. Good things come to those that wait|
|2. There is no substitute for hard work|
|We don't want to live with disappointment and neither should you|
|And we find there is actually more to the harvest than we thought|
|But, I will not stop trying to figure things out and I will not stop learning.|
|When onions do well, it is a beautiful thing.|
|We did our part to encourage our pollinator workers in 2015.|
So, once again, we celebrate Thanksgiving at the Genuine Faux Farm. We are grateful for all of those who have supported us over the years in so many wonderful ways and we look forward to more adventures.