We had corn on the cob for supper on Saturday night. Newsworthy? I guess not but it was the preparation of the sweet corn that brought me back to the keyboard.
I was born and raised in Indiana. And while the theme song for Indiana’s Department of Tourism is “There’s more than corn in Indiana”, I still can’t see an ear of corn and not think of home.
Sitting in a lawn chair with a grocery bag at my feet, I began to shuck the husks from the corn and place them in the bag. Birds were singing their early-evening song and the neighbor’s dog was barking. I pulled the silk away from the rows of kernels and tried to shake them off as they clung desperately to my fingers. Doing this simple task that I’ve done again and again since I was about six or seven, evoked memories of a simpler time.
We had a huge garden behind our house when I was a girl. While it sat on our property, the garden was shared by my aunts, uncles and grandparents. I spent many of my childhood summer days sitting in the yard with my mom, aunts and cousins while we shucked corn, snapped beans or shelled peas.
I was always a chatterbox but I learned early on that if I was very quiet, my mom and aunts would forget that I was there and the discussion would change from the weather and social functions to “the good stuff.”
So once again, I sat quietly shucking the corn we were to have for supper and the memories flooded back to keep me company and make me smile.
What takes you back?