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Tonight and last night, we have had a fire in the fireplace.  Last night, it was a small one, but I got a really roaring one going today in the late afternoon.  The area around the firebox is so hot that I can't hold my hand on it very long.  The children have really enjoyed it and it has made everything feel so nice.  The rest of the house feels quite cool, but that's okay.

Fire on the HearthA big focus of the past couple weeks has been on the Old Ways.  We've been watching Tales from the Green Valley with great interest and enthusiasm.  It came at great timing, on the tail-end of reading Farmer Boy.  Play has ranged from churning butter, working in the fields, making lye, milking cows, to herding pigs.  It's been a joy to watch and occasionally take part in.  I've been Mother Wilder, of course, and the older of the two women in the mini-series.  Watching it has helped us all to visualize the work described in the books we read.  Our Enki story, "The Well Diggers," tied in perfectly with the story of digging the well in Little House on the Prairie.

My love of hard work is no secret, and I've felt quite inspired to see what I can really do with my days.  Oh, they are full without adding anything extra.  So full, but it feels good at the end of each day to know we've really done things.  The children have been willing helpers, too, which does wonders for mood and appetites.  It's a peculiar thing to see how sedentary and unskilled modern living has really become.  It is no great wonder why there are many struggles with focus among young people, and, hey, us grown-ups, too.  Good, purposeful movement helps so much!  It's a funny thing to think that people used to pay others to work so they could have leisure and now we pay people to make us work (at a gym or with a trainer) for leisure!

I could say more, but I suppose it would be redundant.  I just love that my children enjoy meaningful work.  It means as much or more to me than any academic progress.  I hope it is the start of many good projects and skills in the years to come.  Roan so loves, so needs, to work and it often leaves me wondering about the future.  For now, a bit of true leisure--reading a little before bed.


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Apr. 28th, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
I told Willow her penpals' mother liked Green Valley, too. :-) Yes, it is wonderfully motivating.
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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