Saturday, July 23, 2011

Morning in a Small Midwestern Town

It is 8:20 a.m. when I pedal into a small village in western Ohio.

It is 80 degrees and sunny.

I have passed three joggers heading into the countryside and away from the buzz of activity in the village on a Saturday morning.

As I pedal through town, I see:

Three people washing cars.

One mowing the grass.

One picking up bottles from a Friday night porch party.

Another person sitting on the porch.

Two people on bicycles.

Five walking.

One tending to a garden.

A few attending to flowerbeds.

What brings the people out at this hour? Is it forecast of another 90+ degree day? Or, are so many of these folks just generations removed from the farm where it's common to rise when the rooster crows?

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