Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Many of us that have chosen to live our lives directed toward the “Older Ways” find that spring is also a very busy time. There are fields to ready, gardens to till, crops, seeds and plants to prepare and get into the ground. This does not even begin to count in the everyday work involved to tend a home and family. As we work and toil it is easy to loose sight of the simple beauties that are emerging around us. Nothing can bring you back in focus as fast as hearing a child discover new life.
Our family in our home is comprised of three generations, with a fourth generation living both next door and down the lane. This mixture provides for a lot of new adventures. Our daughter Rachel’s little girl, Caitlin, is 5 years old. She is a very busy bundle of energy. Which can be a big help in the everyday chores of running a small farm; that includes cows, dairy goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, a horse, a donkey, plus dogs and cats? We also grow large gardens full of a variety of vegetables, berries, flowers, as well as, culinary and medicinal herbs. The rain set in just as we were almost finished, the rest will have to wait.
I was surprised to find my renewal was not yet complete. Upon entering the kitchen we were greeted by the loud sound of “peeping”. The eggs in the incubator have started to hatch – such excitement, after caring and waiting for them, for almost three weeks. Once again new life and new experiences are at our grasp as each little chick emerges from his shell. Soon there will be a whole boxful of chicks to feed and care for, but it does not seem as much like work now. It is more like an opportunity, a chance to be part of a new life. An opportunity that was right in front of me, I just did not see it.
Take time to renew your vision. Take the time to see life through the eyes of a child. It is an amazing journey. One you will be glad that you did not miss.