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Kentucky Color: waxing nostalgic over half moon
By Billy Joe Fudge
President, Homeplace on Green River
Canadian air has finally and at long last invaded the Great Wooded South in late spring again. Those of us who are "long enough in the tooth" to remember the 50's, 60's and early 70's have been waxing nostalgic for these times of transitional rejuvenation.
Green leaves, seemingly eternal and cloudless bluebird skies, dry air, warm days, cool shade and pleasant nights made even the hard work of spring planting, cultivation, haying, gardening and all of those labors of necessity for the subsistence lifestyles and cultures past, palatable indeed!
Today as a culture we all appreciate weather of this nature because it makes our walk from the house to the car, from the car into our workplace and for a weekend of frolicking much more enjoyable. However, our forefathers who lived without central heat and air conditioning, a computer in their pocket and satellite enhanced weather forecasts, had to rely upon historical observations and read every nuance of the natural world around them in order to plan activities.
Not only activities which were a matter of life and death for their subsistence livelihoods and existence but for planning social events and times of celebrations. Celebrations such as June weddings which followed the endeavor of spring planting and preceded summers filled with the hard labor of cultivation, canning and caring for crops and critters, critical to making it through long, dark and cold winters.
Yes, June was a special time for our culture past and this waning, mid-morning half moon reminds us of that. Just as importantly, I pray that it will also and always be a harbinger of the specialness of June for our culture future, as well.
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