|Posted on January 9, 2020 at 9:40 AM|
There is something about land I really love. Funny thing is..26 years ago I didn't like moving to the country..but now I really enjoy it.
Yesterday, while I was out working in the yard, trimming the pomegranate tree, I thought how I much preferred taking care of my land over working on some tedious inside responsibilities.
Maybe it is in my DNA. My grandparents were farmers and had a small vineyard. We called their home 'the ranch". My many cousins and I would go almost every Sunday to play at "the ranch." I loved Thanksgiving dinners, where we'd all sit around a ranch table and eat. My mom was one of 16 kids, so that made for a lot of cousins. There were 40 of us first cousins in all, however, we all didn't show up on Sunday at the same time. We were the baby boomer generation, so there were a few of us born ever year and it was like having siblings. Since, I didn't have sisters, I was grateful for my female cousins to play with who were close to my age.
One of our favorite experiences was swimming in the ditch. Looking back, I can't believe we did this. In todays standards, people would say it was filthy and no way would they let their kids swim there. However, this is what we did back in the 60's and 70's. There were no concrete walls in the ditch so it was easy to climb out. We always had older cousins with us. (I still believe this is where I built up my immunities as today I rarely get sick.) When the ditch was dry, I would love to go on adventures with one of my cousins. We explored for hidden treasures that were left behind in the ditch. I'd also like to walk out to the railroad tracks where we heard the 'hobo's lived. I dreamt of being a hobo one day to hop on a train and go on an adventure.
Last year, was sad for many of us cousins, as the 'ranch house' was demolished. After the last family member had moved out, the squatters were taking over. It also was in horrible condition, so it had to come down. A few of us cousins went out and filmed the process. I don't know the future of that land, but my hope it will stay in the family.