Strawberry Fields Forever! ©

No, today’s column is not a Beatle’s nostalgia piece about the song by the Beatles, that was written by John Lennon and released on February 13th, 1967 just as many of us in this All About Seniors cohort were graduating from high school or college, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about life. It is simply my way of getting your attention to read this column because The Beatles, love ’em or hate ’em, were such a powerful social force in our culture at the time. Lennon viewed “Strawberry Fields Forever” as his finest work with the Beatles. And to make the point about their cultural influence, after his death, a section of New York’s Central Park was named after the song, Strawberry Fields. It is a 2.5-acre landscaped section in New York City‘s Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of former Beatles member John Lennon.

But the column is about a real Strawberry farm; specifically Copeland’s Strawberry Farm in Rochelle, GA, (https://www.facebook.com/Copeland-Strawberry-Farm-149129548483220/). Be sure to go to their Facebook page for all the details about this “U-Pick or They-Pick” farm; you won’t be disappointed!

Early last week we decided it was time for the Milby family to resume life again after however many weeks we’ve all been hibernating from life trying to stay safe. So what should we do for our “Coming Together Party”?. Let’s go pick strawberries together! That was the centerpiece that got everyone excited about getting together again.

But like I said, it was only the centerpiece. Our day started with grilled hot dogs and beans for lunch on the deck in picture perfect weather; have you all been enjoying this spring weather as much as we have? I hope so! We bribed the younger grandkids into eating all the healthy parts of their lunch by watering their palettes with the thought of strawberry ice cream for desert; I think most of the adults were on board too.

Then we gathered everyone into three cars to make the ten mile trek to the Strawberry Farm. The grandkids each got their own picking bucket and off we went up and down the rows of strawberry bushes for about an hour seeing who could fill their bucket the most. I skipped out from the field a little early to take my place in the ice cream line since it was Pop Pop’s treat day and the line was as long as I’ve ever seen it. Seems like a lot of people had the same idea we did, including a group of about 15 Harley Davidson bikers from a Christian Motorcycle club.

For the next half hour or so we all enjoyed our ice cream cups and cones around picnic tables under the striped shade awnings. Those Copeland folks sure know how to make it irresistible!

Then back to the farm for a picnic dinner of venison burgers grilled to perfection by my son, David, while the rest of the troupes fished or rode the golf cart, took a nap or watched a faux Indy 500 race (a televised virtual version of the classic race by the real drivers , each in their own homes on a computer game cassette “driving” their own cars). I must say it was very realistic looking.

It couldn’t have been a better coming together party …..unless I had my other three grandchildren from CT. Maybe next time.

Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week

Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at william.mercylink@gmail.com

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