The President's Blog

Reflections under a Harvest Moon

September 19th, 2016

I can recall hearing about the Harvest Moon early last week, but I paid little attention to it until I walked out of the local hockey arena on Friday night. That’s when I looked up and saw the beautiful and bright Harvest Moon. When I got home, I just had to look up to the sky again at the wondrous image. It was definitely captivating, not only for the image but also for the memories it brought back.

It brought me back to the many harvest nights I had spent in the field – beginning as a child, when I would accompany my grandmother out to the field to deliver the evening tea and a snack, and later as an adult, when I would rush to the farm after finishing work on a Friday to help my parents with harvest and drive the combine for the weekend. No matter what age or stage in my life I was at, harvest was always a special time.

Standing on my lawn looking up at Harvest Moon this weekend, I wondered why I took such great pleasure in leaving my work on a Friday only to immerse myself in even more work to take part in the harvest. In reality, it wasn’t work. It was a respite from the busy days associated with the start of a new school year. The times spent driving the combine on beautiful September weekends were probably some of the most peaceful experiences in my life. Much of the time was spent alone driving the combine with only short pauses to unload the hopper and chat briefly with the grain truck driver – my Dad. There was time to think and reflect without interruption.

In spite of the late nights and early mornings, I can recall heading back to work on Monday morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The opportunity to enjoy a pursuit in such a peaceful environment was such a welcome break from the hectic day-to-day work. Harvest Moon – thank you for reminding me how important it is for all of us to have a way to press “pause”. It was a welcome reminder full of wonderful memories.

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