In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.
In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
It's corn season and here on the Western Slope, it is rampant. There are people selling corn from the backs of their trucks everywhere. Now, normally, I do not make it a habit to buy food from the back of someone else's truck. But this is Olathe sweet corn. There is no other corn like Olathe sweet corn. And fortunately, it comes cheap. We eat our fill and if I can wrestle any of it away from the kids, then I blanch it, cut it off the cob, freeze it and we add it to meals all winter long. Today we went to Meme and Papa's and shucked forty eight ears of corn. I had a vision of sitting with my Mom and shucking while the children ran amok, chatting and taking our time, but the children wanted to help and shucking was done in no time at all. We shucked it all into a big galvanized tub that Meme picked up at a yard sale for five bucks. After we were done I discovered that the corn silk was nice and cool on my hot feet. I only got to stick my feet in for a moment before the children decided that they must try it, too. They also had to try the corn raw. I had to nip that in the bud really quick before they devoured it all. Next week, we will be heading to the http://www.olathesweetcornfest.com/ to check out the fun there.