As children, there were many ways our Mother greeted us each morning. Depending on our willingness to cooperate, her mood could range from a cheery “Good Morning” to the jarring sound of the radio turned up as loud as the volume dial allowed–usually after we had ignored her one too many times. One morning we were wakened to the news that overnight, our family’s milk cow (and somewhat of a family pet) had delivered her calf. In western PA, specifically Somerset County, hummy is the Pennsylvania Dutch slang word for calf. “Molly had her hummy!” was immediately followed by 5 pairs of feet hitting the floor. No matter the means, the end result was accomplished, it was time to rise and shine.
Driving past one of the local universities recently, busy traffic and an even busier schedule precluded the time to stop for a more carefully executed shot, but I was reminded once again of the optimism and opportunity that this sculpture represents.
Before one can reach for the sky, one has to put one’s feet on the floor. Before one can reach for the sky, one literally does have to “Rise and shine!”