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Small children and a bucket of pond scum.

Abbe Turner

Monday, July 13, 2009

As farm parents it's easy to lose sight of why you're here. Like every parent we are extremely busy. Full time jobs, three children and over 100 goats, chickens and horses make for a full life. Yes, the simple life is in no way simple and I chuckle when people envy the "pace" I have. I chuckle because I know that many wouldn't enjoy the "pace" unless marathon running was their passion. Also like everyone else it's difficult to find time to collect your thoughts and get something you want to do done. I was looking through a bunch of images this morning and came across this picture of my nephew and my son playing together from over the summer. It says it all for me. Ezra clearly dressed himself (as snow boots in July are a choice only a three year old would make) and he and his cousin are looking into a bucket full of water and various life forms from one of our small ponds. When we bought the farm it was to provide opportunities like this one for our children. The chance to get messy in nature and discover worlds they might not see in our increasing homogenized antiseptic world. This image says a lot about who we are and who we are trying to be. I'm not trying to fool anyone into believing that we live an idyllic life all the time. However, here is a moment of perfection for all to see. Toddlers like to discover as much as any kid and tie-dye shirts and snow boots are always in style " no matter what month it is.