If you’ve ever thought about starting a multigenerational home-base business, then I highly recommend Family Friendly Farming. Don’t be put off by the title if you’re thinking along the lines of rehabbing houses, providing catering services, or bookkeeping help for small businesses. Joel Salatin communicates his tried by fire wisdom through the avenue of farming, but it was an inspiring read for this suburban dweller.
While this post isn’t a book review, I thought I should mention that its entire contents are worthwhile before pulling a quote that further enthused my longing for hearth and home. Speaking of the daily media barrage, Joel Salatin says this:
We’ve had this inordinate burden to heal all the wounds, solve all the problems heaped upon us, and its ancillary notion that we must involve ourselves in everything. So we live these hurried, harried lives, going from one function to the other, and never putting down roots. If that really solved problems, we’d see divorce, dysfunction and drugs dropping in our culture. But for all our activity, they are going up.
Clearly, “busyness” doesn’t establish roots. Flitting from this activity to that one creates children who will be just the same. They won’t develop an appetite for home and hearth because Mom and Dad taught them, subliminally to be sure, that to really live you need to go somewhere. Who wants to be stuck at home? I do. (Family Friendly Farming, page 277, emphasis mine)
It is fall and the weather here isn’t probably what you’re experiences there, but it is out of the 90’s. We are enjoying it. The mums are by the front door, the apples sit in a bowl on the table, russet potatoes sit in a basket on the stove, and the house smells of cinnamon. It is fall, my favorite time of year. While the TV continues protesting its neglect and I sit on my front porch rocking chair, I can’t help but think to myself, “There’s no place I’d rather be.”
And to think this is only a foretaste.