Whitesburg KY

Time waits for no one

Have you noticed that the days have begun to be a mite shorter now? Before too long we will be setting our clocks back one hour.

Quite frankly, I wish they would set the time somewhere and leave it alone. I fail to see where we are gaining anything by moving it back and forth. As we all know, time waits for no one, no matter where we set our timepieces.

Squirrels have begun to pick up a faster pace, too. They sense we will have an early winter and a cold one, too. Hickory nuts are ripe now so they will start storing them up for winter as soon as they start dropping from the trees, along with acorns, walnuts and beechnuts. A good lot of nuts they simply dig a hole and bury them.

Creatures that hibernate will put on as much fat as possible before time to turn in for the winter. Too bad humans can’t do the same thing. But humans are lazy for the most part and would no doubt starve because they wouldn’t work putting food away to subsist on during the winter.

I doubt that I will be around to see it, but if things don’t get a lot better than they are now, people will be clearing off the hillsides that have been reclaimed by nature to raise something to eat. I bet many of our people wouldn’t know which end of a mattock or hoe to use if they have ever seen one, or what the rear end of a horse or mule looks like.

It sure does feel good to get hit in the face with a sapling on a cold, frosty morning while grubbing. When it quits hurting, that is, because it will bring tears to your eyes and the colder it is the more it hurts.

I was always so clumsy, I got my share of saplings in the face. Things haven’t improved a whole lot because I am still clumsy.

And that’s all from the funny farm till next time.

Contributing writer Relon Hampton lives at Premium.

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