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Thoughts While Shaving for June 9

Happy Sunday … some rain in Bladen County, amounts depend on location. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the weather station at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown had recorded nearly a half inch. … More is needed. Prospects for additional appear to be pretty good, if the current forecast is correct. 80% today, 70% Monday, 60% Tuesday and 80% Wednesday.

Thinking back over the years. Remember when just about every farm family had 4 to 10 acres of tobacco. Seen a tobacco patch lately? Can ride for miles and not see a single one, then occasionally, a large field.

Reminds me of old methods of farming and types of equipment 40-50-60 years ago. One row planters, fertilizer distributors, a horse or mule, a drag for cropping tobacco, how about a one horse wagon, a one horse turn plow … remember shucking corn for the horse or mule and making sure they had lots of water. And a chicken was on the endangered species list … good for Sunday dinner. Say what you will, but life in those days was less complicated.

And a garden was a necessity. Just when the day was nearly over, had been in the field all day long, hot and tired, the beans or peas needed picking … and had to be shelled. Never a dull moment or time for shooting marbles or hop-scotch, or tossing what was called a baseball, actually a ball of twine wrapped as tight as possible so when it was hit it would travel further.

I miss those days … do not miss the dose of castor oil that mom thought was important from time to time. … Sorry, just lost in time.

Changing the subject…

Again, congratulations to all graduates … and a little advice …

“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.” William Arthur Ward

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

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