Wednesday, July 18, 2012
These days I am out in the garden ALOT! Today I realized that the some of the green beans were going to be in danger of becoming chicken food if I didn't address them ASAP. As I pulled up some of the more mature plants an image of my Mom floated in front of my eyes. She grew up during the depression in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. Like many families in that era the backyard garden and chicken coop was common. My Mom tells of eating greens beans and carrots everyday for lunch and dinner. She ate so many of them that she came to HATE them and when she became an adult never ate them AGAIN!
My Grandfather was the Secretary of the YMCA and in those days the Y was quite a bit different. Middleboro was a town located along the tracks and many a hungry men simply travelled around looking for work. As a result many stayed at the Y. HUNGER there was common place. One day she convinced my Grandmother that they really should SHARE the bounty and even offered to pick and cook them so that those hungry people could have some FOOD! She thought she was pulling the wool over her mother's eyes but I think they were just helping her learn the importance of helping others less fortunate. The funny thing is, today I too, will share the bounty as my husband and I bring our extra vegetables to the senior citizen complex in our town.
Life's circle just continues..........