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Infinite joy

Posted 6/3/2013 6:01pm by Shiloh Avery.

Jason mowing with swallows

Swallow belly with Jason mowing in background

swallow skimming freshly mowed field

I did my best with the camera I had on hand (just a point and shoot) to capture the moment


Mitch asked me today how many hours Jason and I work a week.  As a rule, I’ve never added up said hours for the risk of it being depressing.  But today, curiosity got the best of me and I relented.  Although the answer varies throughout the season and depends on the weather, the general answer right now is about 75.  That answer surprised me a little bit.  It seems like a lot.  Perhaps it is a lot.  It wasn’t until later that evening as I was packing the last few items into the cooler for an order tomorrow while Jason was mowing that I realized the gist of my surprise.  There’s a lot of joy incorporated into those 75 hours, which help to minimize in our minds how hard we work.  Evidence of this joy gets presented to anyone lucky enough to get around to tractor work in the late afternoon or early evening.  The swallows have trained themselves to the tractor and show up to feast on all the insects you disturb in your work, which is evidently quite a few as lots of swallows show up.  It’s quite a sight to behold and never fails to bring an awed smile to my face.  I mean, what if we could eat that way?  Just fly around with our mouths open and gobble up anything that happened to get in our way.  Formidable!  (Just think how much more work we could get done!) Even just observing it happen brings infinite joy into our long days.


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