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Homegrown by Bonnie T.  Barry

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My 86 year old father has been gardening all his life. He’s a natural at it and continues to provide his family with homegrown produce every year—watermelons, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and squash. This one weighed in at 22 pounds! Mama does all the processing and cooking and works just as much magic in the kitchen as she and Daddy work in the garden where she’s the flower Queen and he’s the Produce King!

When I see Daddy in this picture, I think of the verse from the Psalms: “They are planted in the house of the Lord, they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bring forth fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green.” (Psalm 92:13-14)

Postscript: Daddy’s a firm believer in not wasting. When he goes to eat out at a restaurant, he often keeps the seeds of fruits and vegetables he really likes. He dries them and then plants them in little cups before putting them in the rich soil of his garden. This summer he had a bumper crop of the sweetest watermelons which he grew from the seeds he got from the Chinese restaurant where he and Mama like to eat. I can see in his and Mama’s attitudes some of the reasons why they’ve been tagged “the greatest generation.” Daddy served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was on the USS Yorktown when it was torpedoed and sank.

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Comments

  • Yool
    Yoolover 5 years ago

    This is so wonderful Bonnie and what a dear man he is!!!

  • Glenna Walker
    Glenna Walkerover 5 years ago

    Your daddy reminds me of my daddy very much. My dad will be 79 or 80 years old tomorrow (I think -my bad). My dad still grows a huge garden today, did when we were kids. He grows onions, squash, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, you name it. I love that watermelon your dad has, I love watermelon. My daddy and momma are both very sweet christian people as well, raised five kids in church. Your daddy looks like such a sweet and kind hearted man, I bet he is :)

  • tserio
    tserioover 5 years ago

    Such a great photo and what great parents you have!!!!

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 5 years ago

    Where is his wedding ring? he he he Just kidding. I don’t have mine on, so what am I saying.
    Bonnie, I love this shot of him, and I love your story about him and the seeds. He is such a genious, to grow from seeds he saves.
    I agree with Glenna, he looks like a very sweet and kind hearted man. I just love his smile.
    … and that is one big squash!

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 5 years ago

    Genius………… sorry teach.

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 5 years ago

    What a beautiful way to honor your father Bonnie. May he continue to be blessed!!!

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrait, Bonnie. Your father is a fine looking man. Such a lovely smile, and what an interesting life he has had.:)

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutover 5 years ago

    What a story… he seems like a wonderful man. Great pic…

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 5 years ago

    What a lovely sdtory Bonnie. Nice of you to intruduce him to all of at RB

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 5 years ago

    Ooops, my turn to make a spelling mistake. introduce…

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