My father, a farmer, finished August dinners and suppers by filling his emptied plate with sliced tomatoes. He liberally sprinkled sugar over the juicy rounds, then ate them all. This is a clear childhood memory for me, and my brother shares it.
What I don’t know is if Daddy liked tomatoes or not. Did he relish his sweet crop or was he eating because there was plenty more on the vine? I am asking too late; there is no one living to answer.
What I learned from my father is to use the resources at hand and to be seasonal. There are seven bags of fabric, processing dye, out in the garage. Today I harnessed the heat of early September to turn white yardage into the stuff of fabric art. It is good work.