It's just before dinner on a Tuesday night and the house is calm. FF is watching a cartoon with FF Boy, FF Girl is getting some beauty rest, and I sit here typing a blog entry, reflecting on the day and feeling the whole "farm mom" vibe.
Today's activities included making sourdough biscuits and sausage for breakfast with the help of FF Girl; guiding FF Boy through the quirks of the English language (we're learning to read ee and ea words, such as see and lean); coaxing our Bearded Dragon, Kevin, to eat more than just mealworms; and arguing with FF Girl over whether she should wear denim cowboy boots EVERYWHERE. She won, by the way, as I think she looks pretty cute even if the aforementioned boots are often caked in mud and chicken shit.
FF Boy and I had conversations about death, marriage equality, and giving birth while feeding the chickens. Kids understand a lot when adults just talk to them and give them the facts. I learn so much from him.
The kids and I sat on the bridge and watched the fish in our pond swim awkwardly in the slowly receding water. I explained that we hadn't had much rain lately and I feared our bass and sunfish would suffer. This prompted pleas of "Let's just catch them!" and an impromptu fishing session.
We spent some time playing Where's Waldo? with a green tree frog FF Boy found and decided to "liberate" in the kitchen. I eavesdropped on a conversation in which 5-year-old FF Boy taught his little sister about S-hooks and screwdrivers.
All of these moments I cherish, and I can't help but wonder if they would happen if we lived any other place but here. I like to think that we're giving the kids great memories they can rely on when they become more complicated, more cynical adults. And who knows if we'll still be here in 5 years, or 10? I want them to enjoy the now.
Our children are learning to cope with death, to not be afraid of nature, to embrace others just as they are and to enjoy life. All of the lessons I learned during my childhood as a "city girl" will come eventually.
But for now - today - I feel I earned my Farm Mom badge.
I'm the wife of a Fledgling Farmer(FF) and mom to Fledgling Farmer Boy(FFB) and Fledgling Farmer Girl(FFG).