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Archive date:  October 17, 2014

Barking Dogs and Thunderbolts

A welcome reprieve from days of inclement weather

I’m continually dating myself. Today is no exception. Way back in the day, there was a TV personality named Art Linkletter. There was a segment on his program that dealt with one of his fondest subjects: Children.  The segment, Kids Say the Darndest Things, was a most genuinely entertaining and humorous look at the developing juvenile mind. Art’s friend, the great Bill Cosby, later reprised the program in equally spectacular fashion. The uninhibited musings of 5 year olds is often simultaneously amusing and enlightening.

One of the newest additions to the Bates ‘family’ is Alice Vestal, who you will likely meet while in the greenhouse.  Her 5-year-old son, Aaron, recently had a stomachache. As any concerned parent would, she inquired how his stomach felt.  He replied, “Like barking dogs and thunderbolts”. Thank you Aaron! I have felt that way many times myself, but I never knew how it should properly be described. If you want the most honest and accurate view of any situation, it can only be well articulated by junior statesmen: The five-year-olds.

Barking dogs and thunderbolts, could be interpreted as a description of our weather of late. The near torrential rains and tempestuous storms have created many a lightening bolt followed claps of thunder.  Dogs are always looking for an excuse to bark. If the weather forecast can be relied upon, there is NO mention of rain for the next ten days. It barely shows cloudiness. I hope it proves to be true. As much as we needed rain two weeks ago, we now need drier conditions. Many areas have received three times the rainfall of a normal October (the wettest October on record already), and we’re only halfway through the month.

The young gardeners at Davidson Academy selected this as their accompanying verse for their recent planting project:

No other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture.

                          - Abraham Lincoln

Whatever you’re growing, it’s a great time to plant!


David Bates