By Dave Pearce
The seeds of a lost art for a generation were replanted (literally) on Mother’s Day afternoon at the Pearison Family farm in rural Posey County near Cynthiana.
Thelma Pearison and her husband, Robert, had planted a garden on the same family plot for some 55 years before he passed away nearly five years ago. Since then, the garden area could have been described in farm terms as ‘set-aside’ acreage.
But on Mother’s Day, Jay and Jamie Pearison and their families decided to resurrect the family tradition. After a ‘dress up’ lunch at the Red Wagon in Poseyville, Thelma, her son Chuck, her grandsons Jay and Jamie, and their children gathered at the old garden site and began to cultivate a new generation of gardeners. Thelma will celebrate her birthday on Wednesday.
“Before my husband died, we were down here one day and he was sitting over in the truck watching while I was putting out the garden,” Thelma explained. “When I got back over to the truck, he was sitting there crying.”
She had no idea what was wrong.
“This is such hard work and I am not able to help you anymore,” Thelma’s husband told her. “I don’t want you to do this anymore. It’s just too much work.”
So Thelma took her husband’s advice and the land lay dormant for several years. She was surprised when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren suggested that the family get together on Mother’s Day and put out a garden.
“When they told me they didn’t know how to put out a garden, I thought they were kidding me at first,” she said of her descendents. “But then I started to think that when these grandsons were growing up, their dad Chuck helped with the garden but they were never involved. So they asked me if I would come out here and just tell them how to do it. I have my orders not to work but just to tell them what to do.”
But even Chuck, who retired from Pearison’s a couple of years ago, was not up for the intense labor but instead agreed to be involved by buying the family McDonalds and bringing it to them.
Granddaughter-in-law Christy pointed out the original Pearison garden plot, nearly three times the size of the large plot the family gathered to plant on Sunday.
“We really haven’t been out here all that long and we’ve got it all tilled up and half planted,” one of the family members explained. “Everyone is just having a ball.”
The ground was just right to be worked and with the help of the whole family, perhaps everyone can reap the rewards of a bountiful harvest as the summer sun warms the earth and the seeds and seedlings become food-producing plants.
And despite orders not to do work but only to provide advice from her 55 years of experience, Thelma couldn’t help but be excited about the prospects of the new-found gardeners, a harvest, and the new tradition established in the Pearison family.
“I know I haven’t done much but I know I will really be tired tonight,” she said with an infectious smile. “But it has been a lot of fun.”
By Dave Pearce
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