Learning what 10 acres in the foothills of East Tennessee has to teach as I trudge clumsily back to the land.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
A place in the sun
On cold mornings when I don't build a fire in the breakfast room stove, Willie and Nelly search the house for a spot of sunshine. They found one here in an upstairs bedroom. Nelly likes to use Willie as a pillow.
After a career in newspapers and living in suburbs and cities all of our lives, my wife and I moved to a heavily wooded 10 acres in the Deerfield community of Louisville, Tennessee. We eagerly learn what this 10 acres has to teach.
Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
If you unlock it, lock it back. If you open it, close it. If you borrow it, return it. If you don't know, ask. If you drive it, check the oil. If you lose it, replace it. If it doesn't concern you, don't mess with it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you break it, fix it. If you move it, put it back. If you throw it down, pick it up. If you ride it, feed it. If it drinks water, give it some. If you fall off, get back on.