Season of Sprouts: Family Children

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This is perhaps the most memorable quote of the summer–so far.

Overheard from the back seat on the 800 mile trip from home to Goose Creek, the four year old offers this bit of wisdom to no one in particular.  And later, she performs for no apparent reason in the kitchen,  bouncing between the kitchen counters and the fridge.

What a puny stage for a beautiful budding ballerina!

And I’ve already shared about the brief visit of the grands during the short break between the last day of school and the first day of vacation. One warm day, the 8 yr old lost a battle with a strawberry ice cream cone at the Country Store. Quite the spectacle!

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And no that’s not a spider on her cheek. I think it was a palm tree from the last day of school just one day before the ice cream attack.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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