Mariposa is our hostess for Fun Monday this week. The category is simple: Kids Say the Darnedest Things! Please visit her site and check out the other participants.
I may have told this story on my blog before, but here goes: my niece, M2, was walking with me to pick up field corn after the harvest. These fields surround my parents’ house, but don’t belong to them. As the farmers themselves do not come out and pick up corn, nor do they turn cattle loose, they will turn it under during the spring and plant beans the next year, therefore any corn left on the ground will become ‘weeds’ the next year. In my estimation, by ‘gleaning’ their fields, we do them a favor. The corn is for goats, squirrels, whoever picks it up pretty much will tell you who the gleanings go to. When we lived in IA, we picked up a trash barrel full and kept rabbits and squirrels, as well as a myriad of birds happy all winter. So my niece and I are walking along, the best thing you can do, besides look for yellow (obvisouly), is to step on any full-looking husks that are on the ground. If it squishes, no good, if it’s solid, you have a piece of corn! So we are walking along, and my niece says, hey, here’s one, it’s still in the plastic!
I’m pretty sure she was about 9. I said, plastic? You silly girl, you mean it’s still in the husks? Yes, that’s what I meant, she says. We had a conversation then about how food doesn’t just come from the grocery store, that people plant food and it’s processed and eventually ends up at the store (in plastic!).