Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cotton Fields!

You know I saw Roots growing up, we sat around the one TV in our house and all week we watched that mini-series.  It had know large impact on me as a kid, when it was over my friends and I even goofed about it; we called each other Kizzie!
I don't believe they really depicted the vastness of the Cotton Fields on Roots.  So when Hubby sent me photo's of those beautiful soft white 100% cotton balls I was humbled and I quietly had a moment of silence for the men, women and children that spent their whole life picking this stuff in the heat of the South!




 

Hubby told me that this was one of the smaller fields he saw in Alabama, and as we speak right now at 9:14 am he is still driving through them 15 miles from Decatur, Al!!!

12 comments:

Lynn said...

I remember watching Roots, and then reading the book as well as the trilogy North and South, about the Civil War, when I was a young teen. I think it is time for a re-read. Love these shots. They are so small, and so close to the ground! Tough picking, for sure.

Amy said...

How interesting those fields are. Do you know how the fields are harvested now? I've never thought about it before.`

Diana said...

Wowwww, if he was still driving through them... just wowwww. There is a TINY cotton field in our area (oh yeah, here in Kansas!), but nothin' like what is in your region, for sure.

I totally remember "Roots" and watched it all week... I even bought the DVD when it first came out in that format. I LOVE it and watch it a couple times a year.

Visiting from SITS! Happy to meet you... I think you're my first "famous" person I've met through blog surfing. Cool! *grin*

Eva Gallant said...

Wow. It's mind-boggling for sure to imagine all that physical labor. I remember Roots, too. It was very powerful. I remember crying while watching.

Joanna Jenkins said...

My family was glued to the tv during the "Roots" mini-series.

"Humbling: is a good word to describe the vastness of these fields. I can't even imagine working in a cotton field. Big sigh.

Stopping by from SIMC, Cheers, jj

MOMSWEB said...

My grandmother told me back in her day when they didn't have childcare, the mothers would pick cotton with the babies. The baby would be left at the beginning of the row as the mother began to pick cotton. They would pick the baby up as they came back around when the row was finished. This went on row after row after row. Mind blowing and almost unbelievable.

Dixie Mom said...

I've never seen cotton fields like that either. That is truly amazing. I'm so grateful for those fluffs of whilte.
Thanks for the reminder.

Unknown Mami said...

I remember seeing cotton fields as a child. I don't remember where I was. Back then I had no concept of the amount of labor and suffering that cotton history holds.

QueenBee said...

My mom said she had to pick cotton and all I can say is Thank You Lord that it wasn't me.

Kebeni said...

I would love to see that cotton up close. I remember seeing them pick cotton in Gone with The Wind and their hands bled

Adoption of Jane said...

Took my breath away!!! For many reasons!

rmgales said...

I saw cotton fields for the first time in September 2010 while I was visiting my sister in Dublin, GA. We stopped so I could get up close and personal. It's amazing to witness what my ancestors labored in many years ago. It was a touching experience for me.

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