Mama and Daddy knew the joys of a garden

Daddy and Mama planted a spring/summer garden and a fall/winter garden. The spring garden was my favorite because very early spring gave us English peas, new potatoes, onions and cabbage. Then the squash, tomatoes and early corn came rushing in. The okra pods gave notice of good and plenty. The peas in several varieties came after the heat index ramped up about mid-June, depending on the weather. The field corn was for us, cornbread, course grits and the livestock.

"Never get above your rais'ins."

I gave the bugs and rabbits competition with the cabbage. Mama knew with certainty the rabbits ni...