The Dream Life
I took this photo a few years ago. My husband and I were enjoying the colourful quiet of a late August evening. Sitting on the tailgate of our pick-up, boot-clad feet dangling over the golden stalks of grain almost ready for harvest, we fell in love. With the country that is. We talked about our dream life. Me with my west-coast, nature-loving, crunchy soul, and hubby with his dirty cowboy boots and faded blue jeans. We decided to pursue a life of sustainability, simplicity and hard work. We decided to move to the country.
After buying a small hobby farm, we moved in with our then two month old baby boy. I was in the midst of discovering my parenting style, and hubby was juggling a new career and many new chores. The shock on our systems was tangible at the time, but we don’t regret the change one bit. Though it has been quite the adventure getting here, we’re finally settling into our dream life.
What I have discovered about myself as a parent, is that I fall into what they categorize as a “crunchy” mama. The first time I heard this word I was a little confused. After consulting Urban Dictionary, I became rather flattered. Sounded exactly like me, for the most part anyways (I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian). Essentially, a crunchy mama embraces the attachment parenting way of child-rearing. You may also find a crunchy mama eating organic, supporting eco-consciousness, avoiding avid consumerism, running around barefoot and drinking herbal teas. Sound like that could be you? Then we would probably be great friends!
I’ve never been one for living in the city. I find it overstimulating, and I usually feel exhausted by the time I leave. The privacy and solitude of country life serves us well. That’s not to say it’s always quiet and serene though! The pounding of fence posts, squealing of pigs, yipping of coyotes, crowing of roosters, noisy baa-ing of our sheep, gunshots, ATVs and snowmobiles all contribute to the symphony of the country. Music to my ears! However, it is not always an easy life. There’s a lot of arduous work, late nights and early mornings. You race against the seasons and battle with the weather. You send up prayers for rain and then for sun. Your animals get sick, your plants get bugs, and you’ve just found cougar tracks in the back field where the sheep and goats are. It’s a challenge every single day. The rewards however, are more beautiful and gratifying than anything you will know.
Image by Freestocks.org via Unsplash
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