They leave the house at 4:30 a.m. and arrive at the pickup station at 5:00 to catch the bus. The bus takes them to the fields and they work in the heat, rain, mud and bugs all day de-tassling corn.
As we sat at the table with a hearty meal of meat and potatoes, I asked,
"Did you feel like slaves out there?"
Jo: "For a few minutes I did, actually"
Me: "Did you start singing any old slave songs?"
Jo: "And you should see the other kids on the bus. They come to work in their pajamas"
Than: "or wear garbage bags"
Me: "pajamas and garbage bags.. how glamorous! What do they sleep in at night?"
Hud: "their jeans, of course.."
Jamie:" I guess I'm not a farm person, because I do NOT get the attraction. If I look back, I can see the bus. It looks about this big.. (puts his fingers together to about an inch) and if I look forward,all I see is corn going on forever.. I just don't get why people love the prairie.."
He continues, "And when I told Andy what we were doing this week, he said..
I hear that really makes you want to get a higher education!
Will and I just winked at each other and said, "yeah.. this IS good for them.. really good!"
Every kid should do at least one week of corn de-tassling when deciding whether or not to pursue a higher education. Who needs study skills after this experience? They can get their own butts motivated after this!
Yee-haw. And I love being a farming mama. I sit around in my empty house all day while my little one sleeps all morning because she thinks she needs to get up and see them off each morning. And then she takes a little nap by 6 or 7 and doesn't get up until after 10.
In the meantime, I feel like the school bus came and trotted everyone off. I make my coffee, have my Bible reading time.. blog a little.. etc. Oh, life is good, good indeed.