Friday, June 13, 2008

When you live and work on a farm

You eat. You have to eat to keep fuel in your body. You need the fuel because you burn it quickly on the farm.

1. You eat breakfast around 6:30 a.m. – but only after feeding the animals.
2. You eat at morning coffee around 9:30 or 10 a.m.
3. You eat dinner at noon which most people call lunch. This is your biggest meal of the day.
4. You eat at afternoon coffee around 3:30 p.m.
5. When you have neighbors over to help with the harvest, you have a beer at quitting time around 5 or 5:30 p.m. Then they go home to their own chores and you do yours. (After you retire, you have a highball around 5 or 5:30 p.m.)
6. You eat supper around 6 or 6:30 p.m. – but only after the animals are fed. This is usually a light meal.
7. You have a snack at bedtime around 9 p.m.

So, since parents who grew up on a farm raised me, we tended to keep to this schedule including the highball. Living in the city with all its conveniences takes most of the calorie burning away. I grew fat. I’m still fat. The schedule still haunts me.