Shucking The Little Corn

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Lessons of Life

I’m basically a city girl with a country girl heart. I was born in the country, raised in the city, and visited relatives in the country all the time. So I like cows, new high rise buildings, goats, parks, corn fields, sidewalks, dirt roads, cowboy hats, horses, sushi…you get the idea? I’m just a combination of it all and I think I passed the same gene down to Alyssa. Lucky girl!

On the country side, we LOVE actually picking fresh vegetables. One of Alyssa’s favorite things to do is “shuck” corn. To shuck means to remove the husk or shell from (in this case) the corn.

It goes from this

to this

without too much effort.

We went to buy some corn on the cob and Alyssa wanted to shuck the corn. This particular store provides large trashcans so you can shuck your corn before you take it home. It is so convenient!




Of course, she is still a child in many ways and we just “had to take the baby corn home.” She marveled at the tiny kernels of corn!


The sales lady thought the tiny cob was a “mistake” and was ready to throw it out until we let her know that we purposefully shucked a tiny cob of corn and wanted to pay for it.

She laughed.

I was thankful that Alyssa was still able to enjoy the little things in life that so often we take for granted.

Life holds so many simple blessings,
each day bringing its own individual wonder.”

~~John McLeod~~

So I encourage you today to mentally step back and look at your surroundings as if you were seeing them for the first time. Do you see the tiny flowers…the cute way your spouse/companion smiles…the tiny toes on your children…the bird’s nest in the tree…the fluffy white clouds…the bright green grass…feel the wind as it blows on your face???

Don’t be so self-conscious that you miss out on the full experience. If you feel like spinning around in circles while looking up at the blue sky, do it!

Today is a new day.

Enjoy everything in it.

Including the tiny corn cob with the itty bitty kernels.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Roms July 6, 2009 at 5:35 am

I like your blog, both the design and contents. I have connected myself with your latest post coz I am a country man myself. God bless you!


2 J.J. July 6, 2009 at 8:18 am

I love corn!!!! Especially that summer corn!!!

Cute summer nail polish to on the corn model!

I am new to your blog!!!!


3 Moms On The Go July 6, 2009 at 9:17 am

Great post, great blog! My daily pleasure is my kids smiles!


4 Dafthermit July 6, 2009 at 11:12 am

wonderful,really enjoyed wandering around

all the best the dafthermit in Scotland


5 donna gotlib July 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This was so fun. I enjoyed going with you to the store this morning. Fabulous photos. I love fresh corn. It's wonderful to serve raw on top of a summer salad.

Now I'm hungry.


6 The Nice One July 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I love this blog entry. I am home for the month, and when I lived here I hated it…all the corn….all the cows…all the woods, so I grew up and moved to the city. Now, when I come home, I treasure all of those things!


7 Heather July 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I'm a country/city girl also. Though i grew up in the country, I've spent all my 20's and so far all of my 30's in the city. I think the older I get the more I want to be in the country though. And I would have bought the "little" corn too!


8 Jennifer July 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love shucking corn too. It's a stress reliever. 😉


9 Amanda @ Serenity Now July 7, 2009 at 2:59 am

Hi there! Wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and for the Follow. 🙂 We love corn at our house!! Looks great!


10 theselfloveproject July 7, 2009 at 3:15 am

so much fun…

love your blog…


11 Cathy July 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I grew up in the "country"…my dad always had a garden, and I enjoyed shucking corn, shelling peas…still do!


12 Amethyst Moon July 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I too am a product of 2 worlds (in my case the north and the south & the city & country) Shucking corn was a special time for me during my summers spent in NH, and it was for this reason that this post caught my eye. Little did I know, that by the time I was done reading it, my eyes would well up with tears. This was a great article that touched my spirit. Thank you, from one redhead to another.


13 Mama Kat August 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I was JUST marveling at Kainoa's tiny toes…it really is important!!


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