Dear Curiosity Journal

Asparagus season is upon us, and for us, that means picking the lengthy field almost every day for 6 to 8 weeks. The commitment to this harvest requires a bit of hyping yourself up. Humor also helps. Rufus and I joke with each other about participating in “the age-old act of bending over”, an activity far less common to most of our peers. When you choose the farm life, it comes with a “lifelong gym membership” which whips you into shape whether you like it or not. I reflect on how I would get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to go to the gym before sitting at my desk for 8 hours and it feels comical. Rufus cracks me up talking about how people pay a gym membership to go into a building and do sets of “pretend bend overs” which simulate what it’s like to be in real life. There seem to be parallel and conflicting cultural narratives which throw shade at physical labor while glorifying fitness. What a weird world. I’m reframing farming as the ultimate life hack of multitasking which seamlessly provides a healthy diet, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and spiritual nourishment at no additional charge.