My 90 year old Grandfather died a couple months ago.
He and Grandma had lived on their farm for 63 years. My Grandpa raised MANY kinds of animals, and was a crop farmer as well.
He was a HARD worker. And a man who knew A LOT about everything.
I loved him dearly.
My Grandparents made plans before he died. He wanted my Grandma to move off the farm, because it is too big for one person to handle. They bought a house right in town, with easy access to everything.
So, the other night, we went over and took one more walk through of the farm.
It made me remember so many things.
The times I was with Grandpa in his workshop (he made beautiful things out of wood), and the cats were swarming around our feet.
The times I played with my sister and cousins from Virginia (city kids! :-) )out in the back shed. We climbed for HOURS and had the best time. Not caring how dirty or covered with spiderwebs we were.
The time my Grandpa rigged up a towing line to his tractor so me and my sister and cousins could sled down the hill to the pond, and be pulled back up.
The two doberman dogs he kept that scared me so badly, I would fly from the car to the house everytime we visited, even though they were kept behind a fence. (I just KNEW they were coming for me every time I went.)
And even when I would ride with him in the cab of his tractor and he would pop out his false teeth whenever I asked him to, just so I could scream everytime.
I drive past this farm every week when I go to get groceries.
It will forever be a part of my childhood.
It really is a beautiful setting, my Grandparent's farm...
We had to keep pulling Brent away from all the equipment. He kept exclaming, "Do you KNOW what this IS?" Frankly darling, I don't, and I'm not sure that I care....
At the time when I was a kid, I never knew any different, living on a farm was what I knew. Visiting my Grandparents was just another HUGE yard for me to run around in. The buildings were a place to explore. When I got married, I wanted to move away from country living. I wanted to be more worldly.
Little did I know, kids would change everything. I wanted them to experience the freedom of being outside in a HUGE place like I had as a kid.
I'm glad that kind of life was instilled in me, or I probably would've never come back to it.
It was nice remembering the other night.