While The Sun Is Still Shining


After a weekend rain, the insects are ramping up their numbers. The still air on this Tuesday morning is full of sound. All but one turkey hen on the ranch appears to have gone into hiding. The turkey must have finally figured out the Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting calendar. Though I appreciate the return of the abundance that comes with a proper Spring, in the back of my mind I am thinking about loss.

It wasn't so many years ago when the drought here left one feeling as though times of plenty would never return. One can always count on something going wrong at some point. This is why it is important to always keep the idea of loss in the back of one's mind even when times are good. The idea being to save and store during times of abundance, so there will hopefully be enough savings to get through periods of drought.

My father often repeated a saying for just such a situation, “Better put hay in the barn while the sun’s still shining." The context from the farmlands is evident, but the connotation remains crystal clear: always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.