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Gathering Pecans


**Texican Pronunciation Guide: pecan - /puh CAHN/ not /PEE can/

My husband called from work and said that he had just met a man who had 35 pecan trees on his property and he wasn't going to be gathering any of them. He said we were welcome to come with bags, buckets, and baskets and gather as many as we would like.

Naturally, since I had just spent a small fortune on a little bag of pecans from the store, I started hootin' and hollerin' for the kids to grab their gear and load up.

Piccolina shouted, "Glory to the Lord! Halle-YOO-lah!" Since we are usually not charismatic worshippers, we all stared at her silently for a moment. One at a time, though, and with increasing excitement, we agreed.

When we met my husband at the property, he informed me that I had misunderstood him. There were not 35 pecan trees, but ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE!

The property owner and his wife came out to welcome us and said we were free to come any time and gather as much as we wanted. They told us that there are local pecan buyers in our area, and that we could probably make five to six hundred dollars if we worked diligently!

It was a beautiful fall day and each one of us worked joyfully. Piccolina was singing her made up "Glory to the Lord! Halle-YOO-lah! " song. After we had been gathering a while, two year old was overjoyed to find that "There are NUTS! INSIDE! And they TASTE GOOD!"

This is what we brought home after a little less than an hour. (That's how long we were able to work before someone had to go potty.)

Glory to the Lord! Halle-YOO-lah!