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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Absolute Vanilla Asks...


Nicky at Absolute Vanilla asked, "If you had to give up life on the farm, what would you rather do--and if you would refuse to give up life on the farm, what would be your reasons?"

Some days I could give up life on the farm easily, others...  The farm is not so much a job as a way of life, my history is here, my parents' history, my grandparents' history.  The land is a story board of generations past and generations to come, I am not sure I could ever leave.  I could pare down the farm work and it would be a leisurely life, just enjoying the beauty of the land and all it has to offer, but with ownership there is responsibility to the land, the wild life and the way. 

On a day when I am dreaming, I see myself in an old fashioned home with a third floor crow's nest, with paints all around me with the perfect light for painting and the perfect view.  On the second floor would be a secluded study for writing and reading.  I would dream of being notable for my words and for my art.

My style would be electic and I would always wear purple garments of soft flowing material.  I would have a totally selfish life style and indulge in my wants.

The ground floor would have a covered wrap around porch so I could enjoy the day from any angle, sitting in my swing with a tall glass of sweet tea.

I think I would like to travel and see those places I have only dreamed about but that would take money  I do not have.  Of course, if this is my dream, I can dream for funding too.

But you asked, what I would do, if I were not At The Farm.  I suppose my hubby and I would be on the river and lake more often.  Ye gads, that is sad when I cannot think of another thing to do.  I guess my life is At The Farm and I cannot truly leave it but only expand it.

Thanks, Nicky, for this soul searching question, I don't believe I have answered it.

12 comments:

Nezzy said...

You may be like me and know very little about life off the farm. I've only live away from the country my college years and that probably doesn't count. Ya gotta love the land, it runs through your veins. Right?

God bless ya'll!!! :o)

ellen abbott said...

It's not sad when you know what you want and where you fit.

Lori E said...

Not sad at all because that is what many people would wish for.
This ties in with my Writer's Challenge this month. You should join in.

mj said...

I think that your answer was very clearly stated. You are a fortunate woman. It sounds to me like you are quite satisfied wish who you are and where you live. Not many people ever get that in a lifetime. You are one lucky country woman.

Rudee said...

I met a "farmer" a couple of weeks ago. I was taking care of his mum. She was in her 90s and he was in his 70s. He was the most unassuming man, but he and their entire family were loaded. Seems that when he turned 60, they parceled off their land. On one parcel, a mall was built and on another, a huge hospital campus. He still lives nearby and "farms", but mostly for pleasure and not for need.

Keep dreamin' girlfriend.

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Like your post and your answer. As one individual stated, the land gets in your veins, so true.

Jo said...

You answered it loud and clear, Gail. I love your dream [three-storey house] but to me you are living a dream many people would love. Bless you for being a gal of the land.

C-ingspots said...

I love this post!! Sounds beautiful to me! Thanks for visiting my blog, and thank you very much for the standing ovation. I've never had one of those before...totally cool!!!!

An English Shepherd said...

Its so nice you are living the dream :-)

Wizz

Journaling Woman said...

Farmer in the veins. That's what you happily are.My childhood was spent on farms. I feel sad for people who never know the wonderful blessings of life on the farm.

Jennifer said...

I used to live in town before we moved out here to the country about 13 years ago and honestly I hated it. I didn't care for the nosy neighbors, the traffic, etc. I just did not feel as free there as I do here on the farm. I don't know what I would do, I can't think of a thing I would rather do. I guess we could travel more since the farm and animals do keep us tied to home.

Nicky S (Absolute Vanilla) said...

What a wonderful answer, Gail - thank you! I don't think any of it is sad at all - I think it's a wonderful dream and vision that you have - and I love it that you and the farm are so part of each other!

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