Whenever I hear a Guns N’ Roses song I’m instantly taken back to one particular Summer. A Summer of hard work but one I look back on now with a smile.
I was 14 or 15 and a cousin and I contracted some acres of field corn to detassel. I can’t remember how many acres or how much we were paid… but I remember it being a lot of money for a teen.
Detasseling is a long, hot, sweaty job. You start at one end of the field walking to the other side removing all the tassels from the top of each corn plant. Get to the other side and you start back doing the same thing in another row.cheap modafinil australiaOn more than one occasion by the middle afternoon, under the hot sun, we were a little tired. To keep us going we sang… the entire Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction album… from start to finish.
The mental image of what we must have looked like seems funny to me now. Two teens walking through an Iowa corn field singing rock songs. In a way… I kind of miss jobs and bonding experiences like that.
What I don’t miss is the corn cuts on my arms and closing my eyes to sleep at night and still seeing corn!