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Posted 6/17/2019 6:29pm by Shiloh Avery.


 The land that I love is the land that I'm working

In an interview today, I was asked about my connection to the land and whether it has changed over the years.  Immediately, the Old Crow Medicine Show song “Take ‘em Away” popped into my head: “…land that I love is the land that I’m workin’, but it’s hard to love it all the time when your back is a-hurtin’. 😊

While that statement is true, that’s not my answer! We live and work in a stunningly beautiful valley.  Early on in our careers, we took lots of pictures, gaped in awe, etc.  We were tourists in our own home, so to speak.  But sometimes when you’re working hard and have your head down, you can forget to look up and notice how amazing everything is.

I am reminded of this on my delivery route on Wednesday which takes me through the country to Lenoir.  As I crest a hill on highway 18, the sunrise is in my rearview mirror and the purple mountains are in front of me.  It never fails to take my breath away.  I’m a captive audience. 

So yeah, I guess my relationship with the land that I love, the land that feeds me, has changed a bit.  It has deepened in its intensity, but I can sometimes tend to take that for granted.  But not today.  Today I’m noticing. 



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