Night at the Farm
Story and photos by By David Wilson
The girls are all grown up, beautiful young blossoms in their prime. They’ve overcome tremendous obstacles in their young lives and now they are ready spread their wings and change
the world. Where did the time go? Harvest season has arrived in the Emerald Triangle.
From seedlings, you nursed and protected them. You watched as their genders showed. You sent the boys off to boarding school, hopefully before any mischief occurred.
You fed and nurtured them as they grew, guiding them through each new challenge. Like a mountain lion protecting her young, you held predators at bay. You fenced out the deer, hoping it would also keep the wild pigs from rooting up your babies. Sometimes it didn’t work.
You protected their tender roots from the subterranean threats of gophers and moles with sonic deterrent spikes, and supported them with netting or with ties when their branches became long and the winds picked up. When the rains came, your redoubled efforts kept most of the sopping bud-laden branches from breaking.
Through it all, you stayed awake at night worrying over drought, wildfires.
There’s more work for you as you prepare to send your girls out into the world, maybe into the medical profession or perhaps recreation, but you find yourself already looking to the challenges of next year.
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