Very, very rarely, my kids have said things like, "If we lived in town, we'd get to play with our friends all the time." To which I say, "Yes, that is true. But you wouldn't get to have calves, or bottle babies, or a rabbit, or four wheelers. You wouldn't get to go help Dad do chores. Or ride in a Ranger. Or in a tractor. Or walk over to Grandma's. Or ride your bike all the way down the road."
And then they nod, and the momentary troubles of country isolation give way to the greater good. And I make a mental note to invite their little friends over more often.
I don't think I overstate when I say our kids love the farm. They love the space, the quiet, the solitude (usually). They know they have advantages here, though they don't believe cleaning out the barn is one of them.
Someday though, I really hope they'll know how very fortunate they were to grow up out here. Meals in the field, neighbors in tractors, afternoons spent riding in the combine. It's good stuff. Plus a couple lessons along the way.
The archives: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm
Day 14: Leave the Farm
Day 15: Dialogue
Day 16: Store Grain
Day 17: Love
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