10 Jun Emma: Summer Days
The other day when I was in the shop working I had a strange though come to my mind. “Am I experiencing what normal folks call summer?” I say that because I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t behind the wheel of a combine or moving from town to town as the wheat ripened.
This thinking led to more thinking and had me imagining what it would be like to never go on harvest. It was an odd feeling. It made me miss it, and sometimes I get to thinking about what it would be like to spend a summer going to family reunions, chilling by a pool, and taking a family vacation. I guess it really depends on how you look at it, because from my point of view I do have normal summers. I go to family reunions because my family is spread out from Oklahoma to North Dakota. I get to see them all individually.
I like keeping cool in the water, but instead of poolside I get rained on at the end of a hard days work. I love the way rain feels on my face. And, we do take family vacations because those rain days provide the perfect time to see the country.
Even though my summer is not what it normally is I am really enjoying it. I do miss making rounds behind the wheel, but I’m content with being around home.
I read a quote the other day that sums it up for me:
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. ” -Jalal ad-Din Rumi
What I really love is being with family, being around the crew, and not having a set schedule. Nothing is perfect, and the down time is nice – but I really love what I do.
Be safe and God bless!
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Emma Misener can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org