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A thin crop

Susan Davis
Inman, Kan.

The other day, I was giving my husband Ben a haircut with our clippers. As I was doing so, I thought back in time to when we were first married. Back then, he had a head full of thick, brown curly hair. Even though I liked it, he still complained about it quite a bit. Ideally, he had always wanted straight hair.

Prior to my meeting him, Ben had tried to tame his curly hair, using various techniques and products. His hair would stay straight for a short time and then get very wavy. Finally, he got tried of devoting so much time to straightening his hair, and just let it grow the way it naturally wanted to.

As I was now cutting his “straight” mostly gray hair, I was thinking, “It’s amazing how much a head of hair can change over thirty plus years.” Suddenly another thought popped into my head, and I just had to tease him, “If these clippers were a combine, I’d be working my way through a thin crop.”

“What do you mean?” Ben quickly asked.

“I wouldn’t be getting many golden brown kernels of wheat in the hopper,” I said before laughing.

“Very funny,” Ben hastily replied, “but I’m not getting bald.”

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I had to agree with Ben that he still has a lot more hair than many guys his age do. However, his scalp is getting easier to see while cutting his hair.

I then started thinking about how Dad would always check on our crops in the spring to see what kind of stand was coming up. He certainly knew a bumper crop couldn’t be harvested if an adequate number of plants weren’t sprouting their way up through the soil. Course, a lot could happen to the crop between the spring planting and harvest, but a good stand was definitely a big step in the right direction. If it wasn’t there, the only other option Dad had was to replant. That automatically would put his crop behind schedule, which he did not like to do.

When it came to planting gardens, my parents taught me to put some extra seed in the rows or holes and cover them. When the tiny plants poked their green leaves up through the soil, it was easy for us to “weed” out the extra ones. Then, the remaining plants would have plenty of room to grow and produce.

As I was finishing up Ben’s haircut, I started thinking about the commercials we’ve seen on TV. They all claim that their product can give you a “good stand” once again. They even show the results with before and after photos. I know my husband well enough, though. Even if he thought they might work, he isn’t about to try any of them. He learned a long time ago that it’s best to let his own crop of hair grow naturally. I’d have to agree with him. Even though he doesn’t have as good of a stand as he once did, it’s still better than replanting.