So much in the news about who makes the most money, who pays no taxes and who pays the most in taxes and who should pay more or who's not making a decent wage. Who is rich, richer, richest? Who is really poor, poorer?As my silver fox and I ambled about the back yard in late afternoon enjoying the made to order weather day with just enough warm, pleasant if surprising breezes, birds around & overhead, the ocassional dogs barking in unison not far away and now and then a distant reminder of the trains acoming...we held hands, leaned in close one to the other with silly little smiles-his aging sweetheart said: "You know we are so very rich." His immediate reply: "You are right..We are rich."
Who are the richest people in the whole world? Without hesitation I submit to you the truly richest of humans on this earth are without a doubt FARM FAMILIES.
These 'close to the earth, closer to God" people awaken early in the day. They know how to make use of daylight hours.. They understand the value of honest to goodness physical labor. Then they appreciate the need for and benefit of adequate rest..sometimes by way of a daytime nap but definitely enough rest at night to restore the body.
They grow fruits and vegetables, make their jellies and jams, produce their eggs and milk, meat for the dinner table and provide beauty for their environment with trees and flowering plants Their healthy vegetation attracts other necessary traffic like honey bees, butterflies, little green lizards etc. The farmer often makes his own feed for the livestock..fields of hay harvested and stored for use all year. Farmers work with their hands, hand tools, or with the best farming equiptment they can afford and they learn to care for and repair the farm equipment, learn to adjust to the changes and problems even disasters that come with weather events.
The farmer knows how to make do, do without and keep on keeping on when everything is beyond his ability to control.
*postscript from Gramma: A few days ago as we sat on the front porch grading everyone's lawns, flowers & such.. I chose this time to share a very personal thought. "How sad to spend one's days inside not being able to get outdoors. .If I am ever seriously disabled please make sure I can spend time outdoors.