A Bumper Crop of Acorns

We’ve got a bumper crop of acorns this year. I don’t know how, and I don’t know why. But this year, things are bumping! More than most years. Bump, bump, bump, on the roof of our house. Day and night; night and day.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “a bumper crop?” Not too long ago, I used that phrase in conversation with a Kent State University student, and he was genuinely perplexed by the wording. From context, he guessed that it meant “a lot.” Or, I told him one might say: “an abundant harvest.” But I guess my vocabulary has been influenced by the fact that I grew up among farmers. But I think it’s just a good phrase, normally used for corn, or soy, or wheat, or tomatoes.

It’s especially fun to use the phrase for acorns, though. Because of the way they literally bump and bounce at this time of the year. I like living in this neighborhood, with so many towering oak trees. I even kind of enjoy the sound of the acorns falling. But picking them up can be a pain. Squirrels do some of that work for us, but they’re not very reliable workers. Let me know if you want to come and get some one of these days.

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