|Some of the 170|
Count the chickens hoping the fox didn't get any (not so easy).
Count the geese (easy, there are only 7).
Count the strawberry plants that survived the winter; imagine all the strawberries.
Count the apple trees that survived the winter and will bloom.
Count the 2 cats, the 4 sheep, and the two horses as they come in at night.
Count the seedlings in the greenhouse that germinated and are still growing.
There are so many different things to count on the farm, consciously and subconsciously. Counting, especially when the numbers match, gives some continuity to each day and a feel of certainty in an uncertain world.
However, counting on certain events where Mother Nature is involved, is an exercise in humility. Just when you start to count on something, nature can come in and remind and prove once again that one cannot entirely control the environment.
|Delicate apple blossoms|
So enjoy the wonderful thoughts imagining the beautiful daffodils to come out of hiding, the many pints of tasty strawberries, the seedlings growing into strong healthy plants, and the beautiful delicate flowers of the apple trees. Notice there is no mention of counting on the sweet juicy taste of apples right off the tree. Apparently, the trees were planted for the squirrels since they count on stealing every apple each year.
|"All I have seen teaches me to trust |
the creator for all I have not seen."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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