Saturday night’s strong storms had an unexpected benefit for our kids. The power was still out at their school on Monday and everyone was sent home at 10 a.m. Three of their classmates returned with them so their mom could keep her business appointment in San Antonio. That added up to five kids on the farm with seemingly nothing to do. So Erin and I put them to work. First on the list was pulling carrots. Among harvest chores, pulling carrots ranks up at the top for being kid friendly, especially when the rain-soaked soil gives up her orange fruit without a fight. Before long, a contest started: who could pull the most at once; who could find the biggest, the ugliest, the most deformed. When the novelty wore away, the kids tried to slip away but Erin kept their hands to the row until 15 bunches were made.