Let's Get Crackin'!

| 3/9/2018 8:12:00 AM

Tags: nut cracking, nut crackers, kids, working together, assembly line, Becky Sell, Wisconsin, shagbark hickory nuts, nut meats, becky and andy,

Transitional TraditionsLast fall, we had a bounty year for hickory nuts. While we don't actually own a single hickory tree, our fenceline is home to an enormous hickory tree on the east and an entire Shagbark Hickory forest on the west.

Needless to say, windfalls on our fields alone allowed us to gather five gallons of hickory nuts without even trying. At the time, I intended to dry them properly and crack them in the dead of JanuFeb.

But then I sort of forgot about them in the garage. Heh.

cracking nuts

Whilst digging around for some books a couple weeks ago, I rediscovered our yellow bucket of nuts and last week decided that we should make something with that resource. Enter our children. Ranging in age from 5 to 10 years old, I knew this was a great job for them to not only learn, but quickly master and own as theirs.


3/20/2018 9:22:25 AM

Becky, wow, I can't believe that you have a 10 year old. I have followed your GRIT blog over the years and have wondered at your struggles. I hope and pray that things have settled down for you and your family. It seemed that every few posts major changes were happening in your lives. By reading about your ability to never give up and keep striving forward, it inspired me to do the same. My situations were much smaller than yours but hope was instilled in me to keep on keeping on. Thank you so much for sharing the struggles of your life. Nebraska Dave

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