Strawberry Fields Forever
June 24, 2022
It’s officially summertime. Time for good memories….and bad. For Ron, he has vivid memories of one bad summer.
Ron remembers being 14 years old in the suburban Midwest, living next to a third of an acre vacant lot, which his dad negotiated with the owner to clear in return for planting strawberries on it.
This was a grand gesture on the part of his dad. But there was no plan for labor or to sell the strawberries, just to harvest for family use and then distribute the rest gratis throughout the neighborhood.
So with dad working a full-time job and Ron’s siblings too young to help, the task of harvesting all those strawberries fell on him.
Beginning in June with the beginning of the harvest and extending all the way to August, he was in the fields for hours every day, usually from early morning to beat the heat and humidity of summers in the Midwest.
Some days he harvested up to 40 pounds of strawberries, and after he was done in the field, he had to make the rounds of the neighborhood to share the booty.
Tough summer, but no doubt a character-building one.
Ron thinks back and wonders if his dad would have planted all those strawberries or the neighbors would have wanted them if Juice Plus+ berry whole food nutrition was readily available at the time.
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