**Queue Star Wars Music** Long, long ago, in a childhood far, far away………
At the age of 10, my parents moved us to the country. My
Aunt quickly provided me with my first “farm” experience by giving me a rabbit.
He was a Red Satin I named BR (bunny rabbit). Hey I was 10, it’s the best I
could come up with!! To complete the farm experience, I joined 4-H and took BR to the county
fair that year.
Thus was the beginning of the end. Mr. BR did VERY well
at the fair and my father was hooked! Over the next 8 years my life became that
of a farm girl. We raised rabbits (lots and lots of them), chickens, goats, and
one summer, even a pair of lambs.
Once I turned 18 I headed to collage
( I graduate from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in History) and then out into the big world. I did my best to get into the corporate
my late 20’s I was living in Chicago, which is anything but country!!! I had
made it. The country girl was out of the country. But it was not to
I have entered my 40's, living in small rural town America (aka Michigan) with
my husband, two sons, two cats, one dog, four rabbit, a couple ducks and *GASP* CHICKENS.
That’s right, their back……farm critters. My eldest son, who is 8, is madly in love with poultry. What is a mom to do?
Deep down I always knew that country girl was still there and instead of
fighting to keep her hid, I have embraced my inner farm girl once again.
wander farm stores looking for the perfect pair of muck boots. When a new poultry catalog shows up in
the mailbox, my eldest son and I look at it over and over again. And yes, my oldest son is a 4-H kid just like mom. But I have gone beyond those critter raising days.....
I now worry about where our food comes from and have learned to garden. I make jams, bake and can. We tap our maple trees for syrup and I have a mini meal worm farm in my dinning room!! I am in love with learning how things used to be done and trying them in our home. We are even looking into setting up a couple bee hives in our yard. Now don't get me wrong, we still order pizza now and then, but as I age and as a parent, I see the value in doing all of these things. And I sometimes wonder why I ever wanted to be in the corporate mainstream, when there is a porch that needs to be sat on while chickens peek in the garden and my children explore nature.