I love to go to the beach. There’s something about the ocean that draws me: the sun, the cotton candy clouds draped across the blue sky, the white-capped waves that lap against expanses of sugary sand.
I suppose that’s because I grew up in south Florida, living by turns in North Miami Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jensen Beach, Rio and Stuart. Lazy summer beach days meant we made a picnic lunch, grabbed bathing suits and beach towels and headed out.
As I peer out my kitchen window, I see a small rosebud peeking back at me from my rose garden. I started thinking one morning, soon this bud with the help of the sun, rich dirt, my husband’s watering and nurturing, will become a beautiful bloom. As Mother’s Day approached, I felt that my two children are my two blooms.
As a parent, I think it is my duty to attend to the nurturing of these two young minds.
Donna Thomas traded a stethoscope for farm life and never looked back.
After 15 years as a registered nurse working in pediatrics, Thomas and her husband, Rick, decided they wanted to farm full time. In 1988, they purchased part of the Bethlehem Academy farm in rural Hardin County.
Thomas, 59, grew up on a dairy farm about half a mile from where she lives now. The family plants corn and soybeans, grows hay, raises registered Angus cattle and maintains a tobacco greenhouse operation and wholesale distribution.