My grandparents’ farm is one of my favorite places to go in all the world. As the weather warms up, I start daydreaming about heading down their gravel road, walking in their front door, saying hello to my grandfather & then looking out the big window at their expansive front yard & wanting to go on an adventure. When I’m planning my running routes, I always end up on some random gravel road just to bring a little bit of home where I am.
When I was a kid, their farm was a magical place. A place for climbing trees, picking apples, digging in the garden, running wild through the woods, swinging on the iconic tire swing, & hiding out in the barn. As I got older, it was the place my parents let me drive the car, I learned how to drive a tractor, had birthday parties, continued to climb trees, hiked through the fields; it was adventure after adventure after adventure.
I remember I really thought the adults were BORING because they would only sit in livingroom telling the same stories I had heard a million times. Why didn’t they want to go out & play??!!
Then I got a little older & the fascination with being in the woods & romping around the farm dwindled, the adults were no longer boring, the stories no longer felt repetitive, & I didn’t want to leave the living room.
Now I’m 30 with two kids of my own & all of a sudden I see the magic of the farm again. I spend less time having a conversation & more time driving the kids around the fields, walking them in the woods & showing them how to climb trees. I feel a slight panic that they aren’t going to understand just how important this place is & the only way I know how to pass that on to them is to get them down there as often as possible. I want them to create their own memories & feel how special of a place it is. There is no sweeter music to my ears than my son asking when he gets to go back.
I love being able to show them what I did down at the farm, showing them the important things that farms teach a person; hard work pays off, humility & simplicity are amazing virtues, a good garden is a must, & adventures are possible. But, most importantly, the love for your family means more than anything else in the world.