Sugar Cane

Dear Friends,

A sunny quiet morning greets me. I walk onto the terrace and breathe in the
subtle scents in the air. In other years, I might have heard the loud roar of an
airplane bringing or taking people home but that is a sound that has not been
part of this year’s offerings. Tomorrow, Canadians celebrate their Thanks-
giving and Christmas is a mere 75 days away. Like it always does, time gets
away from us. Stop what you are doing. Breathe deeply and in gratitude for
all the goodness that has surrounded you during this year of unusual events.

My husband and I went on an outing on Friday to the town of Tacares, Grecia.
We had someone else do the driving. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery
without the stress of navigating the narrow, often unmarked country roads. We
practiced all the recommended protocols and wearing masks did not diminish
our enjoyment of the trip. The most striking feature of our drive was seeing the
high sugar cane along the route. I noticed several stretches of road snaking into
the green stalks and could see several red haulage trailers neatly lined up and
ready to be put to work in the coming months.

November is my favorite month of the year, mostly because it is the month we
devote to giving thanks. In addition, it has traditionally been the time of the
year when I can look out and catch glimpses of the sugar cane flowers in the
very town we visited on Friday. The perspective is very different. I was thrilled
to see so many traditional small wood cabins where families continue to live.
It was lunchtime when we passed by so I could only imagine what the people
might look like when sitting on their porch enjoying an afternoon drink while
watching the world drive past.

In recent years small sugar cane growers in Grecia have struggled with factors
that have resulted in a decline in production. Last year I noticed that a large
cane farm was becoming a modern, upscale urbanization that promised future
residents the opportunity to live in a magical environment with spectacular
views. I remember feeling sad but I agree that lower availability of labor and
high production costs makes urbanizing a better option for the land owner. A
friend of mine told me once that you can’t feed your family on beautiful scenery.
I agree with that and am grateful that at least for this season, the beauty of the
flowers on the sugar cane across the way in November will still feed my soul.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a terrific week, Marietta

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