Puppies and peaches
Kelly Van Gundy and two of her four children just got back from South Carolina where they had gone to “help out” a sister Baptist congregation and their community.
They brought back peaches and a puppy, a small hand-held black puppy of no origin except a Walmart parking lot with six litter mates. He was the last and Kelly said, “We’ll make him healthy and love him.”
So he rode cuddled in a car load of good Christians all the way back to Delaware County.
Here on our farm AJ (Andrew Jackson High School was where the group had stayed) smelled out the lay of the land — the Australian shepherd Ollie, the Lab/pit bull Buck, another Van Gundy kid, and Francis, a rescued cat with a balance problem; he often runs sideways and his head shakes, but he has turned out to be a great ratter and a very friendly friend to AJ. Also sitting on the lawn with the puppy was a young man with physical limitations who loves dogs and who felt right at home surrounded by them.
While John Van Gundy milked and Kelly mowed and the puppy played, two of the VG boys went to the creek and brought back a bucket full of crawdads to watch and let go again. A creek is healthy that holds crawfish and safe to swim in which the boys did from head to toe.
A neighbor brought some sweet corn so we husked it and started the water to boil. The peaches got cut up with some saved for a cobbler later on. Maybe it was the puppy, but on a hot summer afternoon life felt very good; for what was lost and left had now found a home. Haven’t we all!
Sylvia Zimmerman is the owner of Fulton Creek Jersey Cheese in Richwood. She holds two graduate degrees and, when not working on her farm or pursuing her interest in sustainable agriculture, writes her own blog.