Strawberry Picking

IMG_1409Nothing marks spring like fields full of fresh strawberries. Today was a beautiful day and the boys and I headed to the strawberry patch. It is the first opportunity we’ve had to go in a couple of years so Sebastian didn’t remember the last time. For his benefit we reviewed the strawberry picking rules:

What color strawberries do you pick?  Red.

Do you pick white ones? No

Do you pick green ones? No

Do you pick pink ones? No

Jack decided to give Sebastian a test after all these questions. “Do you pick red ones?”

Sebastian, now in the habit of answering no promptly answered, “No!  I mean, yes!”

The boys must be growing because now instead of dubious stares I get nice comments like, “Oh, look at all your helpers!” I did have one man state, “Surely these are not all your children?” Yes they are. There was a few minutes of silence. Apparently he was thinking it over because he eventually offered, “That’s a lot of groceries to buy.” Yes, it is.

The farmer came by just as I had given them all permission to test a berry. “I think we’ll have to weigh them on the way out!” He said good-naturedly and then gave them permission to eat all they liked.  In spite of the eating, we picked six gallons of berries in an hour and left the fields before I heard a single complaint of being tired or ready to go. I think it was our most successful strawberry expedition yet.IsaacIMG_1412 IMG_1414 IMG_1411IMG_1416

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About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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