Can you carry your plate of french fries
On your head to your dinner table?
A plate full of tasty french fries
Is a “fast” food in some places,
But it’s not so speedy, here in Egypt,
Where guiding a horse and tilling the field
Is the way potatoes make it to the plate.
Can you see yourself clearing the field,
Collecting them one by one,
From the soil into your bucket?
Just imagine your daily life
Working as a french fry farmer –
No one pulls the bag from the freezer
Without someone harvesting potatoes.
It’s spring again, as you can see by the blossoms on our neighbor’s peach trees in the field next to the potatoes!
Spring is when the work starts up again for farmers all over the world. Here in Egypt, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the incredible amount of hard work that goes into potato farming. Plowing up the potatoes with a horse, oh, I think I must never complain again about anything – nothing can be so difficult as this hard work! Watching all this makes me appreciate my food very much, especially my beloved french fries!
Thanks to all of you who have patiently endured my slow progress posting about life in Egypt. Things have been very hectic around the oasis, and came to a head lately with some very bad health troubles for my husband. But he’s pulling through, alhamdulillah thank God, and insha’Allah everything will be fine soon, as I slow down and give him the attention he needs. Your friendship, prayers and positive thoughts are deeply appreciated, and I hope you are all well and seeing the beautiful early signs of spring as life returns to warm our hearts!