To The Watering Hole

Picture 3470There’s a heap of green beans ready to blanch and freeze. Also, a forest of broccoli and waves of swiss chard to harvest and preserve.The tomatoes are threatening to ripen in great numbers and all at once…slicers, cherries, and pastes. The kitchen is about to see a lot of action. Heat or no heat, it’s time to can! But by late afternoon today, it was unanimous. It was time to put away the weeding buckets, hang up the harvesting knives, and head for the watering hole. Hip Hip Hooray!!
These next words from the book Clabbered Dirt,Sweet Grass by Gary Paulsen. A farming story….and delightful read.

High summer brings thick heat and there comes a day when dust itches the skin, when the flies and the gnats and the no-see-ums and the thick, humid air and the heat that presses down all build together so that the sweat doesn’t help, shade doesn’t help, and somebody says something about going swimming, just a word, and it becomes the only thing in the world. By the middle of the day work is impossible, everything is impossible but going down to the creek. There is a place, always a place, a special place where the current rounds a bend and goes through a double culvert under the road, and right there, right in that special place the water has dug out a great hollowed pool. Green, green deep to soft brown cool with speckled minnows fleeing from the great splashing monsters who tumble, fall, dive, cannonball from the heavens into the cool clean clear water.
Clothes hanging on the willows, dust hanging on the willows, dirt and grime and work hanging on the willows while the water takes them, takes them all.
The swimming hole.
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6 comments on “To The Watering Hole

    • A dip on a really, really hot day…the best! Nothing cools your whole body like a plunge into a lake, pond, or stream. We are grateful to have so many ‘watering holes’ so close by. hope you summer is going well, Kerry!

    • It seems like we think about swimming a lot more than we actually make it to the water and jump in. We’ll try and find more time for this most refreshing activity! Stay cool!
      denise

  1. Hi Judy, There are a few well-kept secret watering holes here in the hills of Montville. There are lots of great lakes and ponds to swim in as well, but a special spot with water coming off the mountain is a summer prize for sure! And boy does the cold water feel good on a hot mid-summer day! Hope you are staying cool over there in New Hampshire.

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