Shucking Corn

Keep it Real Wednesday

August 4, 2021

Shucking corn

Last Friday night, Wade and I took an evening bike ride and we stumbled across a farmer selling his freshly picked corn. We could not pass it up. Somehow, we managed to load our bikes with 4 dozen ears of corn and rode the 3 miles back home (Wade carried 3 dozen and I took 1 dozen. I had no idea that amount of corn would be so heavy). It was an unforgettable, adventurous ride.

On Saturday I began the process of cleaning, cooking, and freezing 4 dozen ears of corn and decided to enlist Rosemary’s help.

I am so glad I did.

We sat in the back yard and talked, shucked corn and giggled. Bathed in corn silk, Rosemary shared stories of all the times she has shucked corn over the years. 

Once we finally got to the end of our pile of corn, Rosemary thanked me.

She said today she felt like she had purpose and that she was helping me.

Helping me? 

I thought of my own adult children and how I would gleefully spend every last breath in my body helping them.  Why didn’t I ever make that connection for Rosemary? As a mother she has a deep desire to help her children too, even if I am 61 years old.

I have spent so many years caring for her that I didn’t truly recognize her need to help me.

I’ll be on the lookout for more household jobs for someone with limited eyesight and physical abilities.

I can certainly go pick up more corn! 

All suggestions are welcome. 

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