2021: 10 Days of Thanksgiving (Day 9)

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"Blueberries ranked number one in antioxidant health benefits in a comparison with more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables." 

When my brother Clair and I were teenagers, we worked for a berry farmer named Mr. Larson. This was so we had spending money during the school year. We lived out in the country so this was THE job most kids had in the summer to earn extra money.

All our "necessities" were provided for, but if we wanted anything extra we had to pay for it ourselves. It's interesting to look back now and realize every purchase I made was related to how many crates of berries I had to pick to pay for it.  Some day maybe I'll write about the financial lesson in all of that... or maybe I already have. I don't remember.

Anyway, Mr. Larson's main crop was raspberries.  He also had a small section of blueberries and some blackberries.  The raspberries were easy enough to pick, but the blackberries had thorns and I didn't like that. I did like that I could make more money picking blackberries, though. The blueberries were my favorite crop to pick because I could make good money and they didn't have thorns. 

After college, my brother continued to work for Mr. Larson as a ranch hand, driving tractor, pruning, and whatever else needed to be done. It was a part-time job to supplement the income my brother and his wife Beverly had from their regular jobs. 

When Mr. Larson got older and wanted to semi-retire, Clair and Beverly leased the farm for a few years.  Mr. Larson wasn't the easiest man to work with, so my brother and his wife decided they'd buy their own property and plant a blueberry farm of their own. They bought a home on 20 acres and cleared 10 acres for blueberries. They also planted some other fruits and a vegetable garden. Beverly is a master gardener, so they have lots of flowers and ornamental bushes too.  They've had Klock Farm and Nursery in Corbett, Oregon for over 40 years now.

I may be slightly biased, but my brother grows the best blueberries ever.  When he comes up to visit he asks if I need any blueberries and brings a supply of fresh frozen berries in gallon bags. 

This past summer I was visiting Clair and Beverly during blueberry season and got to pick a couple of crates to bring home. That took me back to my childhood.

I also have 2 bushes at my house that produce a nice little crop for me to enjoy fresh for a few weeks in the summer. When Clair comes to visit he prunes them for me and they have continued to thrive for many years. 

Today I am thankful for my brother, blueberries, and the opportunity to work for spending money when I was young. 

This is my 9th entry into the November Challenge, hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS .

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Comments (26)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 
I am very glad I learned a good work ethic when I was young. When you work for your money you think before you spend.  I laugh now because I used to relate every purchase to how many crates of berries I had to pick to pay for it.

Nov 24, 2021 01:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

SO funny but, when Ray and I begin talking and pricing a new home project, I relate it to how many homes I have to sell to do it! LOL

Those childhood jobs taught us so much about work - work ethic, saving money and budgeting. I think those who start later in life miss out on that lesson as at the later date, they are working to LIVE. 

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, Carol! 😘

Nov 24, 2021 05:58 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I do love my blueberries Carol, I am a huge advocate of those little wonders 🙂

Nov 24, 2021 07:17 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Now I want berries! Wonderful entry into this month's contest. Happy Thanksgiving, Carol Williams 

Nov 24, 2021 10:00 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - beyond strawberries, I don't have a lot of berry memories growing up but today I certainly enjoy many varieties.  I sometimes wonder what took so long?  

Nov 25, 2021 03:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol - Happy Thanksgiving! what a wonderful story! I love how you learned to how many berries you had to pick to purchase whatever you were buying!! (Hope you'll write that post)

thank you for taking us along in your monumental journey this year! And thank you for making Houston part of your stop!!! So happy I got to meet you

Nov 25, 2021 04:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh yummy you made me crave blueberries!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2021 05:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What an interesting story, Carol... while I never earned money picking berries, I do remember enjoying picking blueberris, raspberries, and blackberries as a child during summers in the country. Nothing like the taste of berries straight off a bush.

Nov 25, 2021 05:22 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never really had to pick berries but that sounds like a great job for a kid to earn some extra spending money.  I hope that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2021 05:32 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 
I suspect all of us in commission sales tend to do that.  LOL  It was very effective on a  child who had NO backup money.  LOL   I am glad I learned the work ethic when I was young.

Nov 25, 2021 12:07 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 
Blueberries... the Blues that can make you feel good.  😊

Nov 25, 2021 12:08 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 
Those berries taught me to work and financial planning. I wouldn't want to have to do it again but it's fun to go to my brothers farm for a trip down memory lane.  😊

Nov 25, 2021 12:14 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Michael Jacobs 
I grew up in berry country so I was probably more aware of the variety than many. Of course now days we can get anything we want all year long. That wasn't the case when we were kids.

Nov 25, 2021 12:16 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy Streib 
I'm glad Houston was on my agenda as well. I loved spending the day with you. I can tell you one thing... if it weren't for you, I'd probably never go back. Those roads are crazy! LOL

Nov 25, 2021 12:17 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kat Palmiotti 
Crave away. Blueberries are so good for you!

Nov 25, 2021 12:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker 
Most of my brother's berry farm business is U-pick. Families love going to the farm for the berry picking experience. 

Nov 25, 2021 12:20 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Brian England 
I hope you are having a wonderful day as well. I will be leaving in a few minutes to meet friends at the Club for a Thanksgiving feast. 

Nov 25, 2021 12:21 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

What a wondeful story on so many levels Carol!  Working hard as a kid, enjoying yummy blueberries etc etc etc.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner with friends!

Nov 25, 2021 01:05 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We had a fun afternoon at the Club, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker 
Have you ever seen the tv program "Young Sheldon"?  The 14-year grandson of my friend Maggie was there and he is just like Sheldon. He was delightful. 

I trust your day went well too?

Nov 26, 2021 07:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol- the two comments that visitors have of Houston revolve around our weather and our traffic!!!

Nov 26, 2021 05:38 PM