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Lessons Learned as I study with a 5th Grader

on September 6, 2014

Last weekend over the Labor day holiday, we embarked on a trip to Baltimore.  The main reason for the trip was to watch the Ohio State/Navy football game, but we decided to make the trip into a 3 day adventure.  Our daughter, Amy, has had several conferences recently in Baltimore and sings the city’s praises.  We became tourists for the weekend.

We left Friday morning from Norfolk and traveled the route along the Eastern Shore to avoid Washington DC holiday traffic.  The route took us away from the expressways and through the more agricultural part of coastal Virginia which I have not seen.  It wasn’t the fastest travel to Baltimore, but it was scenic and informative.

eastern shore  chincoteague

We stopped at an Eastern Shore tourist information center soon after we crossed the bridge, and had a lesson on the area from a delightful senior citizen who worked there.  She was so thorough in her presentation of the highlights of the shore, that we have already decided to take a weekend trip back to visit her recommendations.  We are especially intrigued with seeing Chincoteague.

So what is the point of this blog?   I learned something last week when I was studying with the 5th grader;  knowledge that I applied on the trip.  As we drove we saw fields and fields of stakes.  What in the world was growing in those fields?  Tomatoes!  Had I not learned last week that the tomato has taken over the  soy bean as the most profitable crop grown in Virginia, it would never have occurred to me that these huge agricultural fields were crops of tomatoes.

A side note…for those of you who may not know, the tomato is a fruit.  Hummmm, watermelon a vegetable and the tomato a fruit, both incredibly healthy.

tomato fields

Life is a transition.  Embrace it.


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