In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kids and Cows

The kids are loving this life.
S spent the day working with Papa. They fed cows, moved a cow and her calf into the "hospital" to give Mama some antibiotics, worked on Papa's side job at a home off the ranch, etc., etc. S's favorite part of the day was driving the mule around. The mule is a suped up four wheeler with a roll cage and a mini truck bed. S is so confident in his ability to drive the mule that he thinks he will be driving a car any day now. We'll the mean time, he makes us quite proud that he can keep up with the men.

 M and T got to spend their day with dear ol' Mom. We went thrift store and antique shopping followed up with a sundae at the local soda fountain. M did all of this in full ballet attire. She even helped feed the baby cow in this getup. How I love this girl. With her love of sparkly things, animals, food, dance, books, dirt and make believe. Today according to her, she was the sugar plum princess and the ruler of wind, sky and dance.

T continually makes us laugh, even as we tell him no. And then no again. And again. He loves to throw dirt, harass the animals by over loving them, wave big sticks, push chairs around and wash his hands.

The big heifer calf that was pulled the other day is not standing well on her own. Her front legs were splinted today and Meme is determined to make her walk. I see our barn possibly becoming a secondary hospital. Meme has a big heart for animals that she has passed to me and I have passed to the children. I think we would try to save everything if it were possible.   

1 comment:

  1. She is of course a sugar plum princess! He-he I love it. I'm going to start dressing like the girls too. I need a little magic and imagination these days.