Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mature Cotton Bolls


I so wanted to take some but didn't.

When I was in college at North Carolina State University, I worked in the Economics Department as part of the work-study program and I had a blast. All I did was help around the office with clerical work as the professors and their secretary needed. I have two specific memories about working in that office.

  1. I had to file updated tax law information in the binders for Dr. Eickhoff, who is not a man of many words. Just a quiet, hard-working professor who intimidated me though I respected him.
  2. Dr. Eickhoff also did some work with the state agriculture extension and was out in the field a lot. And one day, he gave me a gift. And it was one of these mature cotton bolls. It was really neat to closely examine the boll and feel the seeds among the fibers. I lost track of this boll somewhere along 1992 and now but I still remember it.

It meant a lot to me that he thought of me and brought it back. And even now, when I see cotton blooming in the field, I think of Dr. Eickhoff.

I also have one very bad memory about a personality clash with the secretary but I won't go into details here! :) LOL

6 comments:

E said...

Oh Thiên, if you ever meet Tammy's hubby, you should give him a cotton ball! He can't STAND to touch them! ha ha ha

Cool pic!

Louis la Vache said...

This photo brings back memories of "Louis's" childhood in the Texas panhandle - not only of the cotton bolls, but also the cotton gins and the smell of the burning cotton burrs, orange flames and cinders flying from the stacks, lighting the nights....

dennis said...

Dennis worked with Dr, Eikhoff too. Not really. Dennis has a whole bag full of cotton balls. Dennis will check them for seeds. ....

Lisa said...

This brings back memories of summers going to the coast and seeing the cotton fields. The white as far as you could see on both sides of the road. Then driving home seeing the bales of cotton going into the trucks.

Great picture that brings great memories.

Ayden Joel said...

Thiên, Thank you so much for your comment! We love to look at the great pics on your blog! I like these cotton balls, we saw lots of cotton on our way home from the coast and I would love to stop and grab some but momma just wouldn't let me.
Speaking of seeing things we saw you and Mark walking into the library on Monday! Momma would have said Hi but her phone was going off in her ear!

babooshka said...

To us in the uk cotton growing like this is a strange but beautiful sight.