We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It appears that around these parts we will be experiencing a green Christmas. I commented to My Hero this morning about how it does not feel like Christmas. Outside our window, right now, it is raining and that is supposed to continue. I will be great for those who must travel. The picture postcard Christmas we are used to is not going to make it.
I have been hanging out with the cows lately and they do not mind this greenery one little bit. There are shoots of grass scattered among the mud puddles. It is like a Christmas treat for them. A well-deserved treat from the hay that was lovingly cut, baled and continues to be delivered to them each day no matter what comes up.
Our herd is much smaller now. A necessity from a drought that had hay yields down. There are still the regulars like Red, Annie, Snow, Betty, and others but it took me a while to get used to the reduction of followers of me (yes that is what I thought). I still miss Bossy. Funny, I know, but they were like family to me. Silly for some, but that is “How I roll” as they say.
It has been a year of change, (for two getting up there in age farmers) and we are trying to keep up with the changes as best we can. I do believe we have this handled well, so far. Change is inevitable, no matter what and you best roll with it, as not to get run over. Always a good motto that I like to live by.
We had a new granddaughter born and now with two granddaughters, we will have fun on their visits to the farm. City girls, with unique access to country life. I do believe this advantage will give them a different insight. Something that a lot of children and adults do not get. Our plan is to keep this part of our world a big part of theirs. I do believe that the more exposure to the different ways that people live, can only help in the future. It should make for well-rounded human beings that look at both sides of things and to respect the rights of others in their own ways of living. I believe that we all should always try to understand the choices of others. Education and exposure to our differences can only make the world a better place.
You know that different way of observing life works both ways. I have been very busy bouncing from city to farm. I am getting used to a world in the city that is very different, yet surprisingly the same. People all over are very similar in their ways. All those news reports I constantly heard over and over on the television, I have to say, had me nervous about the city life for children.
I was wrong, people are good no matter where you live. You get what you give. If you walk around with a frown that is what you will get in return. A smile goes a long way in both worlds. Our world is wonderful, and we must believe that, and do what we can to do your part. Our children need to know that. We are all in this together. Tolerance and respect are key.
Laughter and silliness are what we all need more of.
Merry Christmas everyone from all of us here on the farm.