Skip to main content

Job Charming

Remember that thing in my Killing Frogs post about the mythical Job Charming? Omigod, you guys, I think I met mine. (I mean, besides "author," of course.) I was blown away by the sheer joy of the legendary Robert and family of the Robert Is Here produce market in Homestead, Florida.

We happened to stay just a short drive from Robert on our trip to the Everglades, and my parents had heard of his famous produce market, so we visited. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Robert started selling produce when he was a little boy. His father sold produce by the roadside but got more business when his cute little son was there handing out the cucumbers. So when Robert came along, he would put up a sign that said "Robert is here." The habit stuck, and now Robert is a middle-aged guy with a beard and a big, happy family who ooze contentment as they sort, squeeze, describe, taste, and slice all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables--and share samples of their favorites with the travelers from all over the world who come inside.

The flavors we discovered were unbelievable. I thought Meijer had good produce--whoa! Nothing compares to homegrown, subtropical harvests.

And behind the produce stand, the family keeps a pen full of raucous farm animals. They gather chicken eggs when they feel like it and sell those laid by the geese and emu. The animals eat leftover produce and have affection lavished on them from Robert's folks and customers. As a result, they are the friendliest, least aggressive, and--this was the most amazing part to me--most fresh-smelling bunch of barnyard animals I have ever met! Even the kids' petting zoo at my local Potter Park smells like, well, a zoo. And you'd think with notoriously grody animals like geese, goats, and emu that there would at least be a whiff of funk. But no! It's like each one of them had been hand-bathed in baby shampoo.

The baby goats are the cutest.

I want one OMG!



I know that farm labor is no walk in the park. But it's the kind of hard work that seems so satisfying to me. I'm itching to get outside and dig up my garden beds once the Michigan ground thaws enough. The soreness of working the muscles required to dig and plant is a wholesome, pleasurable ache, not at all like the dull pain after sitting in an office chair all day. It makes me feel more alive, more capable, more strong, not less. Creating and selling my own living things from the earth--things that sustain life and bring flavor and color and surprise and delight--that is my ultimate fantasy.

Well, you know, with writing novels on the side.

But jobs, like princes, don't just show up out of a dream and whisk you away. Tomorrow, I'll be returning to one of my writing groups after vacation and getting back into the rhythm of writing and editing. And this weekend, I'll be in my backyard, sinking my shovel into the soil of my suburban lawn. I'll start where I can.

Blogging friends, are you still visiting the Nutshell after my break? What's your Job Charming? And what baby steps are you taking to make your dreams come true?

Comments

  1. Job Charming is ultimate famous blogger/writer being able to just be raw and dirty and funny all rolled into one. If not that...then a highly respected porn star.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Now there is a career worth working toward! Practice makes perfect. Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This was fascinating! I want some of that produce, and strangely enough, I want to smell the animals!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

35 Great Things About Turning 35

The prime of life starts at 35! It's the best-kept secret from younger people, but your 35th birthday is a major cause for celebration. For mine, I have made my own listicle of 35 reasons why experts agree that 35 is the best age to be:
You get to say, "I'm 35." The number 35 carries so much more gravitas than 30, but you're only a few years older. At 34, I've started fudging my age--by adding a year. People automatically take me seriously, and if they don't, at least they tell me I look young for my age. (Eye roll, hair toss, "whatever.")  35-year-olds DGAF. Inner chill reaches new heights at 35. Despite its #2 status on this list, it's the #1 response I hear about what's best about hitting 35. My gorgeous friend Nerlie was beautiful and resilient and wise beyond her years in high school, but now, at age 35, she gets to fully enjoy being herself on her own terms. She writes,  "I've survived so much that I don't waste time o…

A Bad Romance Starring Till Lindemann, Sophia Thomalla, Gavin Rossdale, Simone Thomalla, Sven Martinek, Andy LaPlegua, and Leila Lowfire

November 2018 Update: Sophia is settled in with Gavin a young soccer player (like mother like daughter) now, I guess, and Till is spending time with 36-year-old (hell yeah, thank you, sir) Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda. He is either her latest babydaddy or doing her the favor of bearding as such (not that he's great with beards, but we don't mind--we know how much he loves pregnant and lactating ladies) to help her keep some distance from her crazy ex who cuts his wrists over her. The juice continues...


To misquote Gaga, "I don't speak German, but I can look at foreign tabloids and guess what's going on if you like."


I guess it would be more professional and ladylike for me to be above this sordid celebrity gossip, but I'm not. I'm so not.


So let's see if I've got this straight. From what I gather...


Metalgod Till Lindemann, 54, and model Sophia Thomalla, 27 (upper left) recently exited a five-year, on-off, opennish relationship, which bega…

DEUTSCHLAND Video

I've only been waiting 10 years for this. NO BIG DEAL.

As someone who loves history, science, anthropology, art, and Rammstein...

As a descendant of German-Americans who served in both world wars...

As the wife of a Holocaust survivor's son...

This is epically satisfying.

Using an unfortunately hilarious turn of phrase amounting to a gallows pun, German authorities have "condemned" the video before its release (ironically and hypocritically doing all the work of promoting the video and single in the German mass media) because of a teaser depicting executions in a Nazi concentration camp. I find this unsurprising--the German government often censors and speaks out against Rammstein's work (thus increasing their concert ticket and music sales). But all to the good. It is an unfortunate reality that a full third of Americans today are misinformed or in denial about the Holocaust and that anti-Semitism and right-wing hate groups are on the rise in Germany and elsewhe…