What’s Bugging You?

The boll weevil is a nasty, ravenous, prolific bug that arrived in the United States during the late 19th century to feed and breed on the cotton plants of America, leaving fields barren and farmers broke, promising devastation to all who depended on cotton for their livelihood.  One such town, Enterprise, Alabama endured the wrath of this insect and later erected a monument in its honor.

Reflecting on those times in my life where pests” have tried to eat away, steal and destroy me or the people I love, I find myself in no way inclined to build a monument, yet I take heart and instruction from this small Alabama community.

Up against the wall and faced with little to no hope for the future, they were forced to look at things differently and to change their ways. They began to experiment with new crops and found prosperity within two years. Enterprise and the surrounding county of Coffee became the leading peanut producers in the nation.

This somewhat gauche statue in downtown Enterprise stands as a tribute to adversity and a symbol for us and future generations of a powerful truth:

If life gives you weevils, make peanut butter.


Heading for Frisco Bay

My son leaves Georgia today to start a new job and life in California.  Reminds me of a few short years ago when he left for college and I watched him sit in his car for a bit, procrastinate, look at his family and his girlfriend one last time, start the engine, wave, and finally drive off.  He seemed pensive and sad and I knew he was hurting because he and his best girl had decided to break up before they started their first semester at different colleges.  But today, he takes that girl, his wife, with him.  And that makes a mom’s heart happy.

http://youtu.be/3Bc141TgZeg – Sing it!