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Living on the Edge

Never having set up permanent residency at the popular table, I am not what some would call “slang savvy.” So, making a play on a rock song is about as cool as this girl’s probably going to get for titles. By the way, I am SO rocking out to some Aerosmith today as I can up massive amounts of green beans. Massive, I tell you. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t crawled into my head… back to The Farm and the ponds there. Sometimes I torture myself and imagine what it would be like to simply walk to the lower pond and write my posts there. Or wash and snap the barrels of green beans in my grandmother’s kitchen with its deep sinks and mountain views.

I hadn’t realized how often I’d discussed The Farm with Josh until last night as we stood in our little country kitchen surrounded by bubbling jars of just-from-the-canner collard greens enjoying the warm fragrance of a southern classic. We snapped beans and chatted about our dream house and farm. Josh mentioned that he would like to rebuild my grandparents’ house. That’s right. Follow their plans and recreate their house only on our own farm in Kentucky/Tennessee. Did I mention that I am madly in love with my husband?

Of course, we would make some changes. More bedrooms, bigger kitchen, and less Harvest Gold & shag carpet. Definitely minus the shag carpet. The more we talked about it, the more I realized that we would, in fact, like nothing better than to be able to show our children their (my grandparents) house and The Farm. Since that is not an option, having elements of that house in our future home only makes sense. My deep love for my grandfather translated into my husband’s love for him. What a beautiful notion. Because of my intense love of those who are not living, they have become real to someone else. I must now read the Velveteen Rabbit again.

Created by Carey Maynard

Who is kept alive by your love?

  • Valarie Lea - That is so sweet 🙂 How about looking into Southern TN/ North AL region 🙂ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - This is such a beautiful post girlfriend! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - “”Death,” a friend of mine said as he approached it himself, “is a convention… not binding upon anyone but the keepers of graveyard records.” The dead remain in thought as much alive as they ever were, and yet increased in stature and grown remarkably near. The older I have got and the better acquainted among the dead, the plainer it has become to me that I live in the company of immortals.”

    –Wendell Berry, A World LostReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - What a beautiful post. I would definitely say it would be my grandmother Ola whom I keep alive in my memories.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Yum!! We have LOVED our green beans this first year of growing them. We’ve had enough for meals about once a week. How many plants did you have to have enough to can? :mrgreen:ReplyCancel

  • marky - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Lovely post. I am sure your (future) children will know your grandparents well through you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - Sometimes I think heaven must be exactly like my grandmother’s little brick home in Alabama. She couldn’t keep it when she got older and needed more help, but my mother dug up her irises and saved them. She planted them in her yard and gave me and Jake some for our yard. So we have a circle of irises for the girls to run around just like we did, gosh, 20 or more year ago???? It is so nice to keep family love around it whatever ways are possible. I love the idea of recreating a house! That would really make it special!

    I love that you planted that circle of irises for your girls to run around to carry on the tradition. See? Stories like that make me all the more certain that we are on the right path with the house. Thank you! -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Awwww! A woman who’s married to a man who will share her dreams is blessed indeed!

    My favorite relative of my husband’s (that I’ve never met since he died when my husband was little) is his grandfather. My husband has wonderful memories of a forgiving and loving GRANDdad.ReplyCancel

  • Indian Lake Papa - Oh the memories of down on the farm! I miss that!ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: I hope your dreams are reached as you move on with your life. I couldn’t set my computer out on the edge even for a photo. I guess I would have thought, what can go wrong will.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - I think that would be wonderful and that your future children would love to live in such a home. But, then I am also sure if they were with you and Josh they wouldn’t mind living anywhere!

    I wouldn’t mind having a home similar to my aunt’s which is where I spent summers as a kid. We were never allowed in the living room though, and to this day I have no idea WHY. Which of course, made getting in there when she wasn’t around SO tempting! She lives just far enough out in the country that she has a lot of lovely land for a big garden, plenty of room to run and play while not having any neighbors that are too close. With the exception of one neighbor right next door (who is also family) – I would prefer no neighbors quite that close! And she’s also close enough to ‘the city’ that she doesn’t have to travel too far to get some shopping done; and on the flip side of that she also doesn’t have a very long drive to get to the mountains either.

    I got to try your soap yesterday and it’s fantastic! Dare I say, I think I like it better than my mom’s. haha (Just don’t tell HER I said that!) I’m really going to have to gather the supplies and give your soap recipe a try soon; my mom has me well stocked with her soaps but… but I want to try it myself! :pReplyCancel

  • Denise - Hey, I didn’t know if you noticed I moved my blog. I used to be on Bravenet and you visited me there.

    Your blog is very inspiring and I enjoyed reading it.ReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - What a wonderful post! Your husband is a keeper.

    BTW, we have 40 acres of pines for sale. Just sayin’. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Beautiful post… you are so fantastic! And so is your husband… and so are those green beans!ReplyCancel

  • Carey Maynard - Hi, I am the one who created the image of the Velveteen Rabbit you are using, would you mind crediting me for it? Thank you.ReplyCancel

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