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A Walk in the Garden with Bob Hill<br />

When you spend almost 50<br />

years planting dozens of<br />

trees on your acreage, the<br />

inevitable result is a few<br />

thousand fallen limbs, branches and<br />

twigs on the ground beneath them<br />

every spring.<br />

Our son always graciously<br />

called such a scene a “gravity check.”<br />

The worst of that scenario is<br />

you learn you have planted all those<br />

trees too close together and a chain<br />

saw is required to topple something<br />

you have spent almost a half-century<br />

caring for. Children of the Chain<br />

Saw. The other part of that is becoming<br />

tired of picking up broken limbs,<br />

branches and twigs every spring.<br />

We needed help. We have<br />

learned to apply the Mark-Twain-<br />

Tom-Sawyer Theory of Bent Over<br />

Work to the situation. Make the process<br />

sound rewarding, feel rewarding,<br />

be rewarding. Toss in a golf cart<br />

or two and you might find somebody’s<br />

grandkids willing to do the<br />

bending, stooping and picking up.<br />

To refresh your memories on<br />

that theory, Mark Twain, in his 1876<br />

classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,”<br />

saw Tom being tasked by his<br />

Aunt Polly to whitewash their fence<br />

as punishment for some serious mischief.<br />

Tom reluctantly took on the<br />

task all the while scheming out to get<br />

out of it.<br />

Enter Ben Rogers, a buddy of<br />

Tom’s, who showed up to harass Tom<br />

for being sentenced to whitewash<br />

a fence. Tom quickly turned that<br />

harassment around by proclaiming<br />

he wasn’t at all unhappy with the<br />

work:<br />

“I don’t see why I would be,”<br />

Tom said. “You don’t get to do this<br />

every day.”<br />

In fact, Tom went on to say,<br />

“Only one in a thousand, maybe even<br />

two in a thousand boys can do this.<br />

Aunt Sally said it was so important<br />

only Tom Sawyer can do it.”<br />

Ben took the bait, wanted to<br />

prove himself, and began begging<br />

Tom for a chance to whitewash the<br />

fence. Tom held out until Ben offered<br />

him his apple and then, seemingly reluctantly,<br />

turned over his whitewash<br />

brush to Ben. In the end, about a dozen<br />

out-to-prove-themselves neighborhood<br />

kids were whitewashing<br />

Aunt Polly’s fence as Tom watched<br />

and chewed on his apple.<br />

OK, our situation was quite the<br />

same. Our young helpers didn’t have<br />

any apples and Tom didn’t have any<br />

golf carts. But we did have a few<br />

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thousand branches, limbs and twigs<br />

on the ground. Our young helpers<br />

did want to prove themselves in some<br />

form or fashion, although maybe<br />

they were not even aware of it. They<br />

did so by becoming great pick-upstick-workers,<br />

which is all that can<br />

be expected of four kids ages 10 to 12<br />

– and all four related – for about two<br />

hours. It’s hard enough to find adults<br />

to work that hard for two hours.<br />

A Lesson from<br />

Tom Sawyer<br />

The story begins with Susie<br />

Dunn. She is a good friend and as<br />

good and caring a person and grandmother<br />

as ever created. In years past,<br />

we have had other kids – grandchildren<br />

of other friends – pick up sticks<br />

here for fun and some profit, including<br />

helping to fund a joint neighborhood<br />

clubhouse venture. Wall Street<br />

lurks. My only goal at such an age<br />

would have been to buy ice cream<br />

cones.<br />

Susie quickly agreed to bring<br />

over part of her clan. Truth be told,<br />

our reward for all this was having<br />

those kids around – with Grandma<br />

in watchful control. Sure, fallen sticks<br />

was the listed reason. But we were<br />

also hoping the kids would notice the<br />

spring flowers in bloom, the birds flitting<br />

about and chirping in the trees,<br />

and feel the satisfaction that comes<br />

with leaving a place better than you<br />

found it.<br />

No one is ever too young to<br />

learn that.<br />

And, oh yeah, driving the golf<br />

carts.<br />

Ms. Janet Hill, no taskmaster<br />

slouch herself, led the troops to the<br />

back field where the woody pickups<br />

began. Some of those branches were 5<br />

to 6 feet long – or longer. The workers<br />

– Brody, Skylar, Addie and Peyton –<br />

scattered like rabbits across the field,<br />

carefully bending to pick up sticks<br />

and tossing them in the back of the<br />

golf carts.<br />

Then, taking turns driving the<br />

carts – and a few already had some<br />

experience with that – it was off to our<br />

various compost piles of previously<br />

rounded-up sticks, some day to meet<br />

their maker in a huge chip-grinding<br />

truck. We already have a quarter-acre<br />

of such on their way back to becoming<br />

soil.<br />

Tom Sawyer – although maybe<br />

not his immediate intention – had it<br />

right. Working together like a family<br />

was obvious worthwhile fun. My<br />

earliest memories of the same would<br />

have been raking leaves – with an attention<br />

span of maybe 45 seconds.<br />

The older kids watched after<br />

the younger ones. They took turns<br />

driving the golf cart. They teamed<br />

up on the heavier limbs and logs –<br />

a few maybe 12 feet long – each kid<br />

supporting a limb on one shoulder<br />

as they walked. Grandma stayed on<br />

them – nicely. They all wanted to<br />

please Grandma – fully.<br />

As always, I asked the kids<br />

what they were thinking of becoming<br />

when they grew up. One 12-year-old<br />

wanted to be an OB-GYN. The other<br />

12-year-old a pathologist. All I wanted<br />

to be at that age was center field<br />

for the New York Yankees.<br />

The fun lasted the previously<br />

discussed two hours. Their breaks toward<br />

the end included enjoying the<br />

various whimsy that still lives on our<br />

property, an oversized Lily Tomlin<br />

chair and monster flowerpot.<br />

Grandma, pleased, proud and<br />

noticing a growing lack of attention<br />

to detail, took them all to lunch,<br />

which never would have occurred to<br />

Tom Sawyer.<br />

Most of our sticks are now<br />

gone. At least one of the kids told<br />

Grandma she wanted to come back<br />

again someday to look at our trees<br />

and flowers. •<br />

Pictured: (left to right) Bob’s grandchildren: Brody, Addie,<br />

Skylar and Peyton (in back)<br />

About the Author<br />

Former Courier-Journal<br />

columnist Bob Hill enjoys<br />

gardening, good fun, good<br />

friends and the life he and<br />

his wife, Janet.

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Welcome Hannah Meador, PT, DPT, to the HCH Therapy Team!<br />

Iris Wiseman, PT, DPT (left)<br />

and Hannah Meador, PT, DPT<br />

The Harrison County Hospital Therapy<br />

Team welcomes Hannah Meador, PT, DPT.<br />

Hannah joins a diverse team of therapists<br />

who offer a variety of outpatient and<br />

inpatient rehabilitation services using a<br />

multidisciplinary approach. Our therapists<br />

are experienced in treating a variety of<br />

diagnoses to a wide range of patient<br />

populations using state of the art<br />

treatment modalities and evidence-based<br />

strategies.<br />

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Rehabilitation Services offered at<br />

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812-738-7888.<br />

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A Note to Baby Boomers<br />

Still More Work To Be Done<br />

My feet and I used to be<br />

friends. So I jogged.<br />

I thundered the second<br />

half of long runs, at<br />

least ones as flat as those feet. The second<br />

half of my gym workouts, these<br />

mornings, likewise proves likable.<br />

Go figure.<br />

It is the same with the last half<br />

of life. It and I get along. I cannot love<br />

getting old, who does? I can’t hate it,<br />

either. I need a challenge and what a<br />

worthy one. My original body parts<br />

still present and accounted for, I look<br />

forward to tomorrow while the yesterdays<br />

rack up.<br />

I am firmly in with living until<br />

somebody calls the coroner on me.<br />

Aging assaults indiscriminately<br />

and inevitably. It’s better to weather,<br />

though, than to whine. Now and<br />

then, thank God, not much new goes<br />

wrong. I remind myself to confront<br />

whatever is ahead more than I fear it.<br />

Circumstances get in the way. It<br />

would be nice if buying a cartful of<br />

groceries did not require a second<br />

mortgage. How joyful if my blood<br />

pressure stopped totaling higher than<br />

the electric bill.<br />

The test is to control what I can.<br />

I am 68, still an arguably young<br />

old guy. This involves routine reminding.<br />

Anyway, I spend less time<br />

now asking about old age than telling<br />

about it. Student has turned teacher.<br />

I ran into a cousin of my wife alongside<br />

the blue jeans at Sam’s Club. He<br />

nears retirement. He asked the usual<br />

questions, senior citizenship mostly<br />

curious at this point.<br />

There I stood – dog food and<br />

ranch dressing on the shopping list<br />

– the handy voice of experience. Do<br />

this. Don’t do that. No wait, don’t do<br />

this. Do that. When to wave goodbye<br />

to work and hello to Social Security –<br />

I explained why I did what I did.<br />

Then I explained to ask every<br />

other oldster he could.<br />

Another relative by marriage is<br />

95. She is among the very best people<br />

I have met and I met people for a<br />

living. Limits close in on her. A ride<br />

to Mass makes her day. She clutches<br />

what it takes to make her happy, to<br />

what pretty much always and simply<br />

has. Ever kindly, she defies my<br />

assumption that good years run out<br />

long before years do.<br />

I never so much had dared to<br />

imagine 95, much less to count it as<br />

anything close to a blessing.<br />

I grew up in the same house in<br />

which I grow old. Neither it nor I is<br />

fancy. I have tried to change it – outrages<br />

such as a bathtub – without<br />

changing it. My scheme is to keep it<br />

less trouble than it is worth. Thing is<br />

that bathtub, plus much else likewise<br />

useful in the 21st century, is upstairs.<br />

We old people like stairs about<br />

as much as we like dinner at 7:30.<br />

To manage life’s second half<br />

may entail – will entail, I suspect with<br />

typical pessimism – turning our upstairs<br />

into a memory. Is the old house,<br />

and its old owner, up to this much<br />

newness? If I am to stay, something<br />

well may have to go. I will believe it<br />

money well spent. I had better.<br />

Hey, not like I need to buy more<br />

running shoes.<br />

I also look forward to more travel,<br />

to more reading, to more lunches<br />

with friends, to more concerts and<br />

shows without worries about getting<br />

up early the next morning. I want to<br />

relearn the trombone and tennis, but<br />

I also wanted that a decade ago. I get<br />

a thrill and a half watching the kids<br />

figure out adulthood and their kids<br />

figure out childhood.<br />

Sometimes they ask for help.<br />

Sometimes I actually can help. Helping<br />

them always helps me.<br />

Not that there is a choice, but is<br />

being old better than being young? Is<br />

wisdom better than energy? Is Medicare<br />

better than, well, wellness? I no<br />

longer worry about being cool, at<br />

least. I gave up on that before I gave<br />

up on Bass Weejuns. Tinnitus is worse<br />

than acne, but my managing is way<br />

First halves of TV-series runs are better, but second<br />

halves of ball games are better. Driving to vacations<br />

always beats driving home from vacations. Most<br />

conversations get better in time. Most sermons do<br />

not. Good sleep does not usually last long enough. Yet<br />

leftovers can make the second best meal of the week.<br />

better. I’d do 10 things over, perhaps<br />

100. I am at peace with not getting<br />

that chance, though. Being young led<br />

to my share of regrets. It also led me<br />

to where I am – luckily comfortable.<br />

I stumbled upon the ideal career<br />

and, much more importantly,<br />

to a woman easier to love than fried<br />

chicken or naps. She wishes I teased<br />

less and pitched in more. She knows<br />

I won’t and I won’t and here we are,<br />

47 years later. I don’t need too much<br />

from here on out. I need her.<br />

First halves of TV-series runs<br />

are better, but second halves of ball<br />

games are better. Driving to vacations<br />

always beats driving home from vacations.<br />

Most conversations get better<br />

in time. Most sermons do not.<br />

Good sleep does not usually last long<br />

enough. Yet leftovers can make the<br />

second best meal of the week.<br />

I am but a decade from the average<br />

length of life. A number of good<br />

friends were not so fortunate. They<br />

lived until life was swiped from them.<br />

I want to go like that, feeling ripped<br />

off – just not yet, not soon.<br />

I am a retiree with work to do<br />

and a smile on my face. •<br />

After 25 years, Dale Moss<br />

retired as <strong>Indiana</strong> columnist for<br />

The Courier-Journal. He now<br />

writes weekly for the News and<br />

Tribune. Dale and his wife Jean<br />

live in Jeffersonville in a house<br />

that has been in his family<br />

since the Civil War. Dale’s e-<br />

mail is dale.moss@twc.com<br />

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Cover Story<br />

Confidence is Key<br />

A fresh take on a Salem store<br />

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Story by Darian Decker<br />

Photos by Michelle Hockman

Born is “a boutique for the<br />

dreamer and free thinker” and<br />

its owner, Lakin Jones, lives<br />

that out.<br />

What was once Sisters in Salem<br />

is now under new ownership with<br />

Jones as of this spring. The coastal,<br />

bohemian-style clothing store<br />

officially opened in late March.<br />

Previous owners Jennifer<br />

Tomlinson and Allison Ezzell sold the<br />

store to Jones.<br />

“I had been working for Jennifer<br />

and Allison on and off for probably<br />

about six years and then full time<br />

for the past year or so,” Jones said.<br />

“I really formed a lot of friendships<br />

and relationships with people in the<br />

community so that was kind of what<br />

made me decide I wanted to do a<br />

brick and mortar.”<br />

Jones said she really enjoyed<br />

working with Ezzell and Tomlinson<br />

over the years.<br />

“I know that they’ll serve as<br />

mentors as I continue and they’re<br />

always open to me asking questions<br />

and bouncing ideas off of them,”<br />

Jones said.<br />

Prior to opening, Jones said they<br />

remodeled inside, painted, installed<br />

new fixtures and placed wallpaper.<br />

She said moving store ownership<br />

had been in the works for a while.<br />

Tomlinson brought it up to Jones<br />

when Jones was getting ready to<br />

graduate college.<br />

“I planned on applying to<br />

different marketing jobs, seeing what<br />

I got, and I planned on also opening<br />

up an online boutique because that’s<br />

what I was really passionate about<br />

and she suggested then, ‘Why don’t<br />

you just buy Sisters?’” Jones said.<br />

The hardest thing for Jones was<br />

taking the risk to actually do it. She<br />

thought, prayed and talked to her<br />

family about it before deciding a<br />

brick-and-mortar store was the way<br />

for her to go.<br />

“There’s a lot more overhead<br />

than you would have if it was just<br />

online, so that was the hardest thing,”<br />

she said. “But I really love the face-toface<br />

interaction.”<br />

Fashion is something Jones has<br />

always been interested in, and she<br />

actually started her first clothing<br />

business when she was just 14 years<br />

old.<br />

“I was upcycling clothing –<br />

turning men’s button-downs into<br />

women’s tunics by adding ruffles and<br />

things like that,” Jones said. “So that<br />

kind of combined my love for fashion<br />

and business and I had been doing<br />

What was once Sisters in Salem is now<br />

under new ownership with Jones as of this<br />

spring. The coastal, bohemian-style clothing<br />

store officially opened in late March.<br />

that up until recently.”<br />

Jones said she felt ready for<br />

a new challenge, but one that still<br />

combined her loves of fashion and<br />

business. The store was the perfect<br />

opportunity.<br />

As far as what shoppers can<br />

expect, the store carries sizes ranging<br />

from extra-small to extra-large and<br />

includes brands like Kut from the<br />

Kloth, THML, and Grade & Gather.<br />

The store sells clothing, accessories,<br />

shoes, hats and other products.<br />

“I would say the target market<br />

was very broad before, probably like<br />

25-85 years old. I would say now it’s<br />

more 16-65,” Jones said. “Still a really<br />

wide gap and still carrying a wide<br />

selection of brands.”<br />

In the future, Jones said she<br />

would love to expand into plus-sizing<br />

and also grow into an online platform<br />

for the store.<br />

The thing she enjoys most about<br />

being in the Salem community is the<br />

support of small businesses.<br />

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“I think people really want to see<br />

small businesses thrive,” Jones said.<br />

“I had several people show up [at the<br />

soft opening] so excited to support<br />

and see what was in the store.”<br />

For those looking to follow a<br />

similar path, Jones said doing your<br />

research is most important. “I have a<br />

marketing degree, but what I learned<br />

the most from was talking with other<br />

business owners in my industry,<br />

listening to podcasts, reading books<br />

… I would say that’s definitely<br />

helpful.”<br />

Having just opened, the future<br />

of the store is bright, and Jones said<br />

her focus is customer satisfaction and<br />

building relationships.<br />

“I want [customers] to not only<br />

know that building relationships<br />

is important to me, but I also<br />

want them to feel confident,” she<br />

said. “Confident in the items they<br />

purchased, and confident enough<br />

to express themselves through<br />

fashion.”•<br />

You can check out Born on their Facebook<br />

page @shop.bornboutique.<br />

Pictured: (top, left) Lakin Jones, owner of Born; (top right and below) a few of the unique items available at the boutique, including clothes, shoes, hats, jewelry, and perfume.<br />

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Wellness of Body, Mind, Spirit, and Community<br />

<strong>May</strong> is mental health awareness month,<br />

the national movement to raise<br />

awareness about mental health. Each year<br />

we fight stigma, provide support, educate<br />

the public and advocate for policies that<br />

support people with mental illness and their<br />

families. The stigma attached to addressing<br />

the unique mental health concerns of public<br />

service personnel (PSP) is multilayered. Not<br />

only is it almost unmentionable among<br />

those who work in this field, but the general<br />

public seems to doubt, avoid or minimize<br />

this important subject.<br />

It’s not possible to see the full impact these<br />

individuals make in our lives because we<br />

cannot measure what “doesn’t happen.”<br />

Spend time at the fire house, the police<br />

department, inside the jail, the call center,<br />

office or station and it will be said that what<br />

these individuals do is a calling. Following<br />

a calling is a sacrifice. So when someone<br />

says that what they experience on the job is<br />

“what they signed up for,” it is incompatible<br />

with individual reports. What they signed<br />

up for was to protect, make a difference<br />

in their community, help save lives, and<br />

help others make better life choices in<br />

addition to earning a living and supporting<br />

their families.<br />

Residual effects of the job last after the<br />

time clock is punched. Mostly due to<br />

chronic exposure to man’s inhumanity to<br />

man. These aftereffects not only affect the<br />

Public Safety Personnel, but it also trickles<br />

out to their families. This concern for the<br />

distinctive mental health concerns of this<br />

population is not a stress issue—but a<br />

distress issue.<br />

If you are alive, you experience stress. Some<br />

days there’s less than others but we live in<br />

a society that seems to champion doing<br />

the most and the result is chronic stress. In<br />

addition to basic adulting, these individuals<br />

experience moderate to high stress events<br />

daily, sometimes multiple times a day—it’s<br />

just basic science. Our brains/body were<br />

created to respond to stress but because of<br />

the world we live in the stress doesn’t stop<br />

and for these, it compounds. The system<br />

that tells our body to relax does not have<br />

a chance to fully execute before another<br />

situation happens to call that fight, flight,<br />

flee, defend response to engage again.<br />

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can<br />

result from chronic exposure to high impact<br />

experiences like the images they have to<br />

see or the witness statements they hear<br />

in addition to the scenes they are called<br />

to. Additionally, moral injury is different<br />

than PTSD – when working with people<br />

sometimes there is no one perfect choice<br />

but one has to be made anyway. Evidence<br />

has to be investigated and reviewed<br />

more than once, often of images or victim<br />

accounts that deeply violate values and<br />

beliefs. Those experiences create a distress<br />

response which can result in moral injury.<br />

An April 2021 report from the Center for<br />

Disease Control showed that Firefighters<br />

and law enforcement officers are more<br />

likely to die by suicide than in the line of<br />

duty; EMS personnel are more likely to<br />

take their life than members of the general<br />

public. Public safety telecommunicators<br />

are at risk as well; studies have found that<br />

nearly 25% experience depression and<br />

as many as 24% have symptoms of posttraumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD). The risk<br />

for those retired from these departments is<br />

even higher as there is no longer a sense of<br />

purpose or avenue to live out the calling.<br />

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has<br />

reported for years that the suicide risk is<br />

higher in persons with PTSD. The number<br />

of suicide related deaths is difficult to<br />

report as an exact measure because<br />

often suicides are not reported<br />

and it can be hard to know<br />

whether or not a person<br />

meant to die by suicide.<br />

For a death to be<br />

recorded as suicide,<br />

examiners must be<br />

able to say that the deceased meant to die.<br />

The answer to these concerns is many-sided.<br />

First, there is the need to make mental health<br />

dialogue common language. Second, to<br />

make discussing a high impact call or work<br />

detail commonplace and accepted. Third,<br />

to acknowledge that responsibility rests<br />

not only on the shoulders of the public<br />

service personnel but the also the public to<br />

stop down playing and avoiding this critical<br />

social problems. Our services at Personal<br />

Counseling Services (PCS) to provide<br />

mental health to our law enforcement, fire,<br />

EMS, etc. has grown astronomically over the<br />

past twelve months. We are here to support<br />

our first responder’s mental health as well as<br />

their family members. To learn more about<br />

PCS’s services to first responders, contact<br />

Joni Stroud-Martin at 812.572.2162.<br />

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Business Spotlight<br />

Right in the middle of the Hoosier<br />

National Forest, near Taswell,<br />

Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca<br />

Farm, owned by Ty and<br />

Lindsey Higgins, is making a name<br />

for itself in the industry and is fast<br />

becoming a favorite location for anyone<br />

looking to learn about and enjoy<br />

alpacas.<br />

But let’s acknowledge the<br />

elephant, er, alpaca, in the room.<br />

People often confuse alpacas with<br />

llamas. While closely related, llamas<br />

and alpacas are quite different<br />

animals.<br />

“The difference is about 400<br />

pounds and a bad attitude,” Lindsey<br />

joked and added, “Llamas are much<br />

larger and tend to be fiercer. Llamas,<br />

which are primarily used for packing<br />

or guarding herds, will spit at you<br />

‘just because,’ while alpacas, primarily<br />

raised for their soft and luxurious<br />

fleece, typically only spit at each other.”<br />

Red Hill Fiber Mill came about<br />

in a roundabout way. Initially, Ty and<br />

Lindsey were raising alpacas as fiber<br />

pets in Crawford County. In late 2019,<br />

Ty started kicking around the idea of<br />

opening a fiber mill, after they realized<br />

the demand for fiber processing<br />

services. Through research, the<br />

couple discovered the upfront cost for<br />

buying new machines, and outfitting<br />

the building to suit, was going to be<br />

cost-prohibitive. “Dreams dashed,<br />

we decided to put it on our 10-year<br />

plan,” Lindsey said.<br />

In early 2020, however, the<br />

opportunity to buy a set of used fiber<br />

milling equipment presented itself,<br />

and they jumped on it. Then the<br />

unimaginable happened: COVID-19.<br />

There they were — new business<br />

owners trying to get a leg up during<br />

a pandemic. Ty was furloughed from<br />

his job, and Lindsey was trying to<br />

work from home, and both were caring<br />

for their two young kids, Paxton<br />

and Liam.<br />

“What we had intended to be a<br />

slow build-up of learning our way<br />

and making a quality name for our<br />

products quickly became a ‘we have<br />

to make this work right now’ plan,”<br />

Lindsey said. “We were one of the<br />

few incredibly fortunate businesses<br />

to really succeed despite everything<br />

COVID brought. People were home<br />

knitting and crocheting — a lot.”<br />

And just because the world had gone<br />

crazy, that did not mean animals<br />

didn’t need to be shorn. There was<br />

a heightened demand for their yarn<br />

products.<br />

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As the Higginses’ alpaca herd<br />

started growing in late 2020, people<br />

started wanting to see them. When<br />

people were ready to start getting out<br />

of the house and enjoy the outdoors,<br />

the Higginses had the perfect experience<br />

to share with the community.<br />

They’ve hosted many school trips<br />

and open farm days. They quickly<br />

discovered people are fascinated<br />

with alpacas and learning everything<br />

about them.<br />

Red Hill hosted their first annual<br />

“Spring Fling on the Farm” in April,<br />

which featured live music, vendors<br />

and food trucks. National Alpaca<br />

Farm Day, a free public event, will be<br />

held on Oct. 1 and 2.<br />

When guests visit, there is no<br />

guarantee of the opportunity to be<br />

one-on-one with the alpacas. “We<br />

leave it up to the alpacas. We will entice<br />

them with treats, but alpacas are<br />

naturally very standoffish. They also<br />

have a very keen sense of who a person<br />

is,” Lindsey said.<br />

In addition to seeing the alpacas,<br />

guests can also tour the fiber mill and<br />

learn the steps to processing alpaca<br />

fiber and other natural fibers, such<br />

as sheep’s wool, yak, camel and goat.<br />

Their farm store features alpaca and<br />

other products, including socks, hats,<br />

gloves, scarves and blankets. Several<br />

hand-knit items by Lindsey are available,<br />

as well as crochet pieces by the<br />

Higginses’ friend Kelly Risch from<br />

A Dream Come True<br />

Local family starts Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm<br />

Story by Carol Ubelhor-Troesch<br />

Photos submitted by Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm (except where noted)<br />

VALoRs Gifts, as well as handmade<br />

soy candles inspired by their foundation<br />

herd of alpacas.<br />

They also do mail-order for<br />

some of the items in the store, as well<br />

as their fiber processing clients. Their<br />

mill clients are both from the region<br />

and have been from as far away as<br />

Washington state, Pennsylvania and<br />

Texas.<br />

Surprisingly, the cottage fiber industry<br />

in the U.S. has not changed for<br />

decades. The machines Red Hill currently<br />

uses are from 1910, the 1960s<br />

(updated in the late 1980s) and 2010.<br />

Their goal as a fiber mill is to push<br />

the industry in the U.S. to incorporate<br />

some modern technologies.<br />

“We are pushing for innovation,<br />

funding and using our platform to<br />

educate on the textile industry in the<br />

U.S.,” Lindsey said. “A lot of people<br />

do not realize that approximately 60%<br />

of textiles are produced overseas.”<br />

Lindsey has started the region’s<br />

Fibershed Affiliate program (<strong>Southern</strong><br />

<strong>Indiana</strong> Fibershed) and is working<br />

with area farmers to get their<br />

products direct to consumers. This<br />

regional fiber ecosystem not only<br />

helps the farmer to get a better price<br />

on their product, but it also drastically<br />

reduces the environmental impacts<br />

that come with shipping.<br />

In addition to educating the<br />

public, Ty and Lindsey are working<br />

to help lenders and investors under-

stand the market and the growing<br />

demand. In the U.S. alpaca industry<br />

alone, there are roughly 260,000 registered<br />

alpacas — and most likely a<br />

similar number of unregistered alpacas,<br />

which equals roughly 2 million<br />

pounds of fleece a year. There are<br />

only about 20 cottage mills in the U.S.<br />

that are able to process alpacas, and<br />

a handful that will process 100% alpacas.<br />

Red Hill can only process 600<br />

pounds of fiber a month.<br />

“I think the ultimate part of<br />

owning the business is knowing that<br />

we went for our dream, and we are<br />

succeeding. One day we decided<br />

to stop saying we wish something<br />

would come along – and took steps to<br />

actively make it,” Lindsey said.<br />

Ty and Lindsey’s favorite dayto-day<br />

part of the business is the agritourism<br />

side. “We’re both passionate<br />

about the alpacas and raising<br />

awareness about how sustainable<br />

farming them is,” Lindsey said. “We<br />

have a unique chance to get people<br />

really thinking about where their<br />

clothing comes from and how their<br />

decision in buying it matters. We<br />

appreciate each and every person<br />

who visits us, and we love sharing<br />

that.”<br />

Future plans include adding a<br />

cabin or two so that they can offer<br />

lodging, in addition to the RV and<br />

primitive campsites they offer.<br />

They are also working to expand<br />

the current mill building. “We are<br />

working in very tight quarters, and<br />

our ultimate goal is to add a full<br />

garment machine to have the ability<br />

to knit all our scarves, sweaters and<br />

gloves in house,” Lindsey said.<br />

Lindsey adds that she also wants<br />

to inspire youth to know that they can<br />

think outside of the box and turn their<br />

passion into a career. Raising alpacas<br />

is a very niche branch of agriculture,<br />

but the collective of alpaca owners is<br />

working hard to make it be seen as<br />

more than just a hobby.<br />

“Our kids inspire us. I never<br />

thought my love for knitting would<br />

one day turn into me raising alpacas<br />

and making yarn for a living,”<br />

Lindsey said. “I want our kids to see<br />

us working hard to make our dreams<br />

come true and know that they can do<br />

the same thing.” •<br />

Farm tours and visits are by appointment<br />

only. Typically, they are available<br />

between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through<br />

Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For<br />

more information, go to redhillfiber.com,<br />

facebook.com/redhillfiber and @redhillfiber<br />

on Instagram and TikTok.<br />

“I think the ultimate part of owning the business<br />

is knowing that we went for our dream, and<br />

we are succeeding. One day we decided to<br />

stop saying we wish something would come along<br />

– and took steps to actively make it.”<br />

- Lindsey Higgins<br />

Co-owner of Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm<br />

Pictured: (left page) Liam Higgins helps with the Llamas at his family’s farm, Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm; (this<br />

page, from top left, clockwise) two alpacas on an cold day in early spring // Photo by Carol Ubelhor-Troesch; Paxton<br />

Higgins and one of the alpacas on the farm; yarn made from the wool of the alpacas at Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm.<br />

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<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong> • <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong> • 19

SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Fun in SoIN<br />

Sycamore Springs Park<br />

A Crawford County Treasure<br />

Story by Sara Combs<br />

Photos by Ruth King and Carol Roberson Groves<br />

Sycamore Springs Park opened<br />

its 25th season April 1 with<br />

some exciting additions, including<br />

a hiking trail that includes a<br />

bit of Crawford County history, three<br />

rental cabins – two rustic and one luxury,<br />

additional RV sites, an expanded<br />

gift shop, improved roads and more.<br />

Nidrah Roberson Dial, who<br />

chairs the Clayton Roberson Foundation<br />

Board that oversees the popular<br />

park near English, said two of the cabins<br />

are “tent camping without a tent.”<br />

Campers bring what they would for<br />

tent camping. However, the 14-by-<br />

28-foot structures contain two sets of<br />

bunk beds, a queen bed, a table with<br />

six chairs, a microwave and refrigerator,<br />

and a bathroom with a shower<br />

and have heat and air conditioning.<br />

“And there are fantastic views,” Dial<br />

said. Plans include adding two cabins<br />

next year.<br />

The renovated cabin, The House<br />

of Bud and Annie, is a fully and beautifully<br />

furnished luxury cabin with<br />

amenities that include most anything<br />

occupants might need. It sleeps eight<br />

and will rent by the week.<br />

The Bridge<br />

A major project has been the<br />

20 • <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong> • <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong><br />

reconstruction of Crawford County<br />

Bridge 42, which spanned Mill Creek,<br />

near Alton, <strong>Indiana</strong>, for 146 years.<br />

Built by the <strong>Indiana</strong>polis Bridge<br />

Company in 1885, it was removed in<br />

the fall of 2021 and repaired and is<br />

being placed across Little Blue River<br />

in the park to provide an all-purpose<br />

bridge for walkers, bicycle riders and<br />

golf carts.<br />

Dial credits the Crawford County<br />

Commissioners, the <strong>Indiana</strong> Department<br />

of Transportation, the Federal<br />

Highway Administration and the<br />

Crawford County Historical Society<br />

for working to save the historic structure,<br />

a six-year endeavor.<br />

She is pleased to offer more hiking<br />

choices. “With the pandemic,<br />

there is so much more interest in outdoor<br />

activities,” she said.<br />

The Park<br />

The idea of the park sprang from<br />

a visit to Spring Mill State Park, said<br />

Dial.<br />

“We had a family gathering there<br />

and I saw that every car had to pay<br />

a fee to enter. I thought there should<br />

be a park where people can take their<br />

kids to play, picnic, have a free park<br />

experience without a charge. I don’t<br />

ever want there to be an entrance fee<br />

at Sycamore Springs,” she said.<br />

From that thought, the Clayton<br />

Roberson Family Foundation was<br />

born, and the park came into being.<br />

The Dials donated the first 135 acres<br />

on which the park sits. Clearing the<br />

land began in 1996, and in 1997 the<br />

park opened to the public.<br />

“I was from here,” Dial said,<br />

adding that she and her brothers and<br />

sister got a good education and start<br />

in life in Crawford County. “It was a<br />

good foundation for going on to college<br />

and establishing careers.”<br />

“We wanted to give back to the<br />

community,” said Dial, who had<br />

moved to the rural English site where<br />

the park now sits with her parents,<br />

Clayton and Beatrice Roberson, and<br />

siblings when she was 5 years old.<br />

Dial’s late husband, Jim, wasn’t<br />

from this county, but he was impressed<br />

with its beauty from his first<br />

visit, Dial said. “And he was grateful<br />

to it for giving him a Crawford County<br />

girl,” she added with a smile.<br />

Mercedese Roberson Wheatley,<br />

also a daughter of Clayton Roberson,<br />

lives near the park, serves on the<br />

Foundation Board and assists with its<br />

operation.<br />

The park has added acreage

and now includes 64 RV sites, 35 tent<br />

sites (17 with electricity), two shower<br />

houses, four fishing ponds, hiking<br />

trails, numerous picnic sites, 10 shelter<br />

houses and 21 playgrounds. “We<br />

wanted to have playgrounds close<br />

enough to all campsites so parents<br />

could watch their kids from camp,”<br />

Dial said.<br />

There are three playhouses with<br />

books, toys and games for children,<br />

including a one-room school replica,<br />

and a Town Hall Building for adults<br />

to visit, play cards or hold meetings.<br />

A main attraction is a chapel that<br />

includes stained-glass windows from<br />

English Presbyterian Church, which<br />

was destroyed by the 1979 flood, and<br />

a bell from the church donated by<br />

Becky Hammond Stetter. The facility<br />

can be rented for weddings, and<br />

special services are sometimes held<br />

there.<br />

The Future<br />

Walt Disney once said that Disneyland<br />

will never be completed.<br />

“It will continue to grow as long as<br />

imagination is left in the world,” he<br />

was quoted. The same could be said<br />

of Sycamore Springs. Dial has an<br />

imagination and work ethic similar<br />

to Disney’s. While she has an eye toward<br />

retiring, she continues to plan<br />

for the park’s future, bringing in people<br />

to assure its continuing success.<br />

Steven Nokes is the manager in<br />

training and lives on the property.<br />

“Steve is very qualified for the job,”<br />

said Dial. A former youth pastor and<br />

property manager, Nokes has helped<br />

with various activities, including the<br />

park’s annual Halloween event, said<br />

Dial.<br />

Carol Roberson Groves assists<br />

in various capacities. “We have expanded<br />

our inventory in the gift shop<br />

and that has been Carol’s doing,” said<br />

Dial. Groves has extensive experience<br />

in the tourist and hospitality industry.<br />

“We want to ensure that the park<br />

is here forever after we are all gone,”<br />

Dial said. “And to make sure the people<br />

following us have the same mindset.”<br />

•<br />

SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Fun in SoIN<br />

A main attraction is a chapel that includes stained<br />

glass windows from the English Presbyterian Church,<br />

which was destroyed by the 1979 flood and a bell from<br />

the church and donated by Becky Hammond Stetter.<br />

For more information on campsites, cabin<br />

or chapel rental, shelter house reservations<br />

or directions, go to sycamorespringspark.com<br />

or call 812-338-3846.<br />

Pictured: (left-hand page) A shelter house at the park; (this<br />

page, from top, clockwise) the chapel on the park grounds;<br />

a visitor pets the goats; a bridge used for walking traffic,<br />

reconstructed from the former bridge spanning Mill Creek;<br />

Two visitors ride bikes near the RV campsites.<br />

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<strong>May</strong> 14<br />

Beck’s Mill - <strong>May</strong> Day<br />

Demonstrations, Music, Chicken BBQ<br />

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July 3-4<br />

Pekin 4th of July<br />

Parade, Rides, Flea Market, Fireworks<br />

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July 9<br />

Beck’s Mill Car Cruise In<br />

Chicken BBQ<br />

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Upcoming Events<br />

August 27<br />

Beck’s Mill<br />

214 years of Milling. Free Hot Dogs,<br />

Adm. $2.14<br />

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September 9-11<br />

Campbellsburg County Festival<br />

Music, Vendors, Parade, Contests,<br />

Kid’s Games<br />

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September 17<br />

Beck’s Mill 5K Run<br />

Free T-Shirt<br />

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October 22<br />

Beck’s Mill Oktoberfest<br />

Bake-off, Flea Market, Crafts,<br />

Food, Campfire<br />

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Have you ever felt like healthy<br />

eating is too complicated?<br />

You’ve probably heard one<br />

bit of diet advice saying, “Do<br />

this!” while another source says, “No,<br />

do that instead!” As a Registered Dietitian<br />

Nutritionist, people frequently ask<br />

me about diet tips and nutritional claims.<br />

Many people come to me carrying the<br />

burden of misinformation – what I like to<br />

call “nutrition myths.” Nutrition myths<br />

are false ideas or misunderstood teachings<br />

that seem to persist over time, despite<br />

good evidence that they aren’t true. Because<br />

these myths are repeated often, they<br />

create unnecessary confusion for folks<br />

trying to make healthy choices. While I<br />

could spend all day talking about nutrition<br />

myths I’d like to bust, let’s explore the<br />

top five myths I encounter in my work as<br />

a dietitian nutritionist.<br />

Myth No. 1: Sea salt is lower in sodium<br />

than table salt.<br />

Truth: Sea salt has almost exactly the<br />

same amount of sodium as table salt.<br />

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news<br />

but switching to sea salt is not a good<br />

strategy for reducing sodium intake. Are<br />

sea salt and table salt different in other<br />

ways? Yes! They are different especially in<br />

their concentration of minerals – but they<br />

do not differ significantly in the amount of<br />

sodium they provide. Both salts provide<br />

approximately 2,000 milligrams of sodium<br />

per teaspoon – with slight variance between<br />

brands depending on granule size.<br />

What does this mean for you, practically?<br />

Whether it’s white salt, pink Himalayan<br />

salt, grey sea salt or blue cocktail-rim salt,<br />

1 teaspoon will give you about 2,000 milligrams<br />

of sodium. It’s up to you to decide<br />

which type you like best based on other<br />

factors. If you want more minerals, go<br />

with sea salt; if you need extra iodine in<br />

your diet, choose iodized salt; and if you<br />

simply need some basic salt, regular old<br />

table salt will do.<br />

Myth No. 2: Skim milk is watered down<br />

and has less protein, calcium and vitamin<br />

D than whole milk.<br />

Truth: Skim milk does not contain added<br />

water, and it has the same amount of<br />

protein, calcium and vitamin D as whole<br />

milk.<br />

Skim milk has a lighter flavor than<br />

whole milk because the fat has been removed<br />

– literally “skimmed” off of the<br />

milk in production. Fat is the only difference<br />

– an 8-ounce serving of milk, whether<br />

it’s skim (0% fat), low-fat (1% fat),<br />

reduced-fat (2% fat) or whole (3.25% fat)<br />

will provide 8 grams of protein, 12 grams<br />

of carbohydrate, and nearly identical proportions<br />

of vitamin D and calcium. So<br />

why is it sometimes labeled “Vitamin D<br />

Milk”? Smart branding. Back in the 1930s,<br />

milk companies began adding vitamin D<br />

to milk in a public health initiative to decrease<br />

the incidence of rickets (softening<br />

of the bones) in children. The incidence<br />

of rickets decreased significantly after<br />

this, so milk has continued to be fortified<br />

through the years. Adding the words “Vitamin<br />

D” lets customers know the product<br />

is fortified, highlighting the health benefit<br />

to the consumer. In truth, all milks have<br />

the same vitamin D fortification. Choose<br />

whichever milk suits your unique health<br />

needs.<br />

Myth No. 3: Carrots have too much sugar.<br />

Truth: Carrots do contain carbohydrate,<br />

and that’s OK – overall, they are a lower<br />

carbohydrate food.<br />

Real Life Nutrition<br />

Four Nutrition Myths<br />

When we think of “sugar,” many<br />

people think of sucrose, the white, granulated,<br />

sweet stuff we use in desserts.<br />

In truth, this type of sugar is only one of<br />

many different kinds of carbohydrates<br />

found in food. Carbohydrates are not a<br />

bad thing – they are one of the six essential<br />

nutrients we need to live and thrive.<br />

Different people need carbohydrates in<br />

different amounts. Nearly all foods that<br />

come from plants or plant-based ingredients<br />

contain some carbohydrates. Nonstarchy<br />

vegetables like carrots, green<br />

beans, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, tomatoes<br />

and cabbage will contain between<br />

4 and 11 grams of net carbohydrates per<br />

cup. Compared to starchy vegetables like<br />

corn, green peas and potatoes, which provide<br />

30 grams of carbohydrate per cup,<br />

the non-starchy veggies are low in carbohydrates.<br />

These healthful carbohydrates<br />

include fiber, which is important for gut<br />

health, reducing the risk of heart disease,<br />

and possibly reducing the risk of some<br />

types of cancers. In short – vegetables are<br />

not an enemy! Enjoy them, and aim to include<br />

vegetables at meals and snacks.<br />

Myth No. 4: You should only shop the<br />

perimeter of the grocery store – all the<br />

junk food is in the middle, so you should<br />

avoid the aisles.<br />

Truth: This is an absolute LIE and no longer<br />

holds true in modern grocery stores.<br />

Once upon a time, in an era before<br />

modern grocery store design, refrigerated<br />

cases and freezers typically were limited<br />

to the outer perimeter of a grocery store.<br />

Fewer foods could be frozen while maintaining<br />

their quality, packaging material<br />

limitations meant fewer shelf-stable options<br />

overall, and canned foods almost<br />

always used added salt to help with shelf<br />

life. Today, this is not the case! The perimeter<br />

of the store still has many healthful<br />

options such as fruits, vegetables, fresh<br />

meats, eggs, dairy products and other<br />

minimally processed foods. But the middle<br />

of the store also has a host of great<br />

choices like no-salt-added canned vegetables<br />

and beans, fruits packed in water or<br />

100% fruit juice, whole grain breads and<br />

pastas, dried beans and legumes, frozen<br />

fruits and vegetables, frozen seafood and<br />

meat, vegetarian protein options, nuts and<br />

nut butters, seeds, high omega-3 oils, and<br />

spices – just to name a few. Don’t let this<br />

outdated advice deter you from looking<br />

for wholesome foods in the aisles of your<br />

favorite store. The modern grocery has all<br />

types of foods throughout the store – not<br />

just on the edges. •<br />

Anna Hartman, RDN,<br />

LD, CD is a clinical nutrition<br />

specialist at Baptist<br />

Health Floyd, serving<br />

adult and pediatric patients.<br />

She also provides<br />

therapeutic nutrition services<br />

for people in recovery<br />

from eating disorders.<br />

In her spare time, she is an avid gardener<br />

and a cooking enthusiast. Anna loves to help<br />

others attain better health through the art and<br />

science of nutrition.<br />

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Everyday Adventures<br />

Ionce got fired for making a birthday<br />

cake. Actually, it wasn’t just one cake,<br />

but a handful of cakes that did me<br />

in. It may have been the seven layer<br />

number that finally pushed it over the<br />

edge, but I think it really started with the<br />

first one, the princess cake.<br />

See, my daughter was about to turn<br />

one, and we were planning her first birthday<br />

party. By we, I mean my wife. She’s<br />

the one with good taste. So she picked out<br />

the decorations, the presents, the food, etc.<br />

But I was itching to contribute. After<br />

all, this was my little girl’s first birthday.<br />

I wanted to make sure it was one she<br />

area around it with white. No problem, I<br />

thought. I’ll have this thing done in a half<br />

an hour.<br />

Then it got a bit trickier. I was supposed<br />

to outline the white border around<br />

the cake with stars.<br />

You make those one at a time. Just<br />

squeeze, squirt and repeat. A million<br />

times. The border took awhile. Unfortunately,<br />

the inside of the tiara, which was<br />

ten times bigger than the border, was covered<br />

in stars as well.<br />

Imagine painting a portrait just by<br />

making a bunch of dots. It was kind of like<br />

that but with frosting. Oh and don’t forget<br />

perfecting the cake, and then if I had time,<br />

which I typically didn’t, I could help her<br />

with the other minor details.<br />

And that brings us to how a birthday<br />

cake got me fired.<br />

Once the friend partiers started, I<br />

was politely informed my cake decorating<br />

services would no longer be needed<br />

for our children’s birthday parties. I think<br />

the last one I made was a seven-layer miracle<br />

of engineering that collapsed while<br />

we were cutting it and almost crushed a<br />

couple of kids.<br />

At least I went out with a bang.<br />

Looking back on it years later, it<br />

Taking the Cake<br />

would never forget. Well, okay, maybe<br />

she wouldn’t actually remember it, but, at<br />

least, I wanted it to look awesome in pictures<br />

we could show her when she was all<br />

grown up.<br />

So, I volunteered to decorate the<br />

cake. Since we wanted it to actually taste<br />

good, my wife did the baking part, but the<br />

frosting? That was all me. I figured, hey,<br />

I’ve eaten a lot of cake in my life, and I<br />

have a little artistic streak in me so how<br />

hard could it be?<br />

Well, I finished at 1:30 in the morning,<br />

the same day as the party, if that tells<br />

you anything.<br />

I should have known I was in trouble<br />

when my wife brought home the fancy<br />

cake pan from the craft store. It looked like<br />

a princess tiara, a really big princess tiara.<br />

A sane person would have just slapped<br />

some icing on it and called it good. I,<br />

however, wanted it to look professionally<br />

decorated, despite the fact that I had never<br />

decorated a cake in my life.<br />

Fortunately, the fancy cake pan came<br />

with simple instructions. All I would need<br />

was decorating tips 3, 5, 16 and 21 and,<br />

don’t forget good old Flower Nail No. 7.<br />

I didn’t have a flower nail, so I thought<br />

I might improvise with some hardware<br />

from my toolbox, but for some reason my<br />

wife discouraged it. I checked the instructions<br />

again and it turned out I did not<br />

need Flower Nail No. 7 after all. That was<br />

for one of the other cakes on the sheet, so<br />

it looked like I could avoid the toolbox altogether.<br />

My cake’s directions sounded easy<br />

enough. I started by outlining the tiara<br />

with violet icing, then smoothed the<br />

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I also had to make hearts, spirals, rosettes<br />

and write my daughter’s name across the<br />

top of the cake without messing the whole<br />

thing up.<br />

I’m not sure what time my wife went<br />

to bed, but by the time I crawled under the<br />

covers at 1:30, I was an exhausted mess,<br />

my vision blurry from squinting at tiny<br />

frosted stars for hours and my fingers<br />

stained pink and purple and curled into<br />

claws from squeezing so much icing from<br />

a bag.<br />

Did I mention I had to get up at 6:00<br />

to go to work for the morning before the<br />

party? As you can imagine, I was a lot<br />

of fun by the time the festivities rolled<br />

around. I was ready to snuggle up in the<br />

pile of presents and take a nap.<br />

Hey, but the cake looked awesome!<br />

So the next year, I did it again! And again<br />

and again! Train cakes, mermaid cakes,<br />

ladybug cakes, Barbie cakes and more!<br />

Every year I cranked out another one. To<br />

make it even more exciting, by this time<br />

we had two daughters which meant twice<br />

the decorating! I was knocking them out<br />

of the park right and left.<br />

Meanwhile, my wife was doing all<br />

the other work.<br />

When my oldest turned four, she<br />

started having friends over for her parties,<br />

which meant games, more decorations,<br />

more food and more errands, not to mention<br />

trying to clean the house after two<br />

preschoolers had spent the week trashing<br />

it. Strangely enough my wife felt like our<br />

division of labor wasn’t exactly working<br />

for her.<br />

I didn’t see what the problem was.<br />

My job was to go all in and obsess over<br />

makes me think about how easy it is to get<br />

so caught up in our own stuff that we neglect<br />

the needs of others. I wish I could say<br />

I only did that with cakes.<br />

However, the truth is we’re all prone<br />

to zero on what matters most to us. Even<br />

if those are good things, they can become<br />

bad things if they cause us to miss out on<br />

an opportunity to serve someone in love.<br />

Jesus knew all too well the human<br />

propensity to put ourselves first and that’s<br />

why He told His followers, “whoever<br />

wants to become great among you must<br />

be your servant” (Matthew 20:26).<br />

Jesus modeled that kind of upsidedown<br />

life by serving the last and the least<br />

among His people to the very end.<br />

<strong>Living</strong> a life like this may sometimes<br />

mean volunteering to decorate a cake, but<br />

other times it means cleaning the toilet<br />

before the party. And sometimes it means<br />

just stopping what you’re doing to notice<br />

the needs around you and asking how<br />

you can help. •<br />

Photo credit: iMoStudio / shutterstock.com<br />

Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and<br />

dad who loves the quirky surprises God sends<br />

his way every day. You can read more from<br />

Jason in his books Tales from the Leaf Pile and<br />

Holiday Road. You can catch up with Jason on<br />

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