Sunday, October 9, 2011

Through (other peoples) Rose Colored Glasses

The Morning Glory: An invasive weed or the foundation of a beautiful garden ?
 This evening a wonderful thing happened. We got to see our farm through someone else's eyes. Its amazing when it happens and seems to always happen when we need it most.

A young family, mom, dad and three kids almost exactly the same age as our own GK's came for a farm tour this afternoon. They live on the north side of Chicago and drove 2  1/2 hours to see us. The youngest, a girl, was immediately taken in by the sounds and smells that make up our farm. Without hesitation she befriended our huge dog, walked up to calves for a good look and asked numerous questions about the flight patterns and eating habits of our ducks.

The parents were equally inquisitive about the raising of our animals, and were as amazed to see baby pigs running freely across our pastures as were their offspring. The middle brother held 4 day old chicks as gently and with as much awe as if if were holding a precious glass figurine worth millions.

They admired our large mama hog in her mud puddle as well as her lover boy mate frothing at the mouth since it was that time of the season. Each of the kids collected as many wayward peacock and chicken feathers as they could find gazing on them as impressive art instead of just the same old feathers we walk over every day

And if all that was not enough they purchased a large amount of meat from our store and ordered a 1/4 beef for the future. Then they thanked us for all the hard work we do. Its folks like that which make it so much easier to get up in the morning and do it all over again.

Many thanks to the M. family. You have no idea how much your visit meant to US.


  1. That sounds like a wonderful visit....and reminder!

  2. Oh, I want to come visit your farm!

  3. Hold that day in your memory. It will come in handy next inspection day.

  4. I thought you were going to end by saying they BOUGHT the farm.... Maybe they will!

  5. What a great family. Thanks for the story.

  6. Save the memory of that day in Your heart. It will make You feel good when You have to meet people who don't recognize the hard work You do every day.

  7. Oh my goodness, these are the kind of kids and moments that make all the hard work so worthwhile!! I love it when kids are inquisitive, yet respectful and tender. Much better than wringing the turkey's neck before it's needed for Thanksgiving dinner!!! You wrote this so beautifully.