Artist's note: This piece captured and conveyed perfectly a childhood memory! It feels alive and speaks to an appreciation for our Earth's bounty in ways not known by many in today's world. The days of toiling to grow our own sustenance are gone for most, as are the communal gatherings in which we bond, share goods, and recognize each other's efforts. In our fast-paced, fast-food culture, too few know the beauty of watching the corn grow or a tomato ripening on the vine. Patience...a lost virtue...as a farmer's daughter, I, too, have memories of a productive land, including our herd of dairy cattle and the crops we grew to support them...our personal gardens kept us busy in between milkings!