We Just Lived in the Country and That is All

| 10/5/2015 9:39:00 AM

daffodil_square jpgMy parents were just like me — "country from the heart," but not quite as country as I thought country folks might be. For instance, just as the title states, "We just lived in the country ... that's all." During my early childhood years and until I was 18, we lived in rental houses. But, just because you rent a house on somebody else's land doesn't prevent you from using the owner’s land to farm, garden or keep livestock. Country people who own their land usually do some kind of farming or own and tend animals such as goats, horses, cows, and pigs.

A few landowners have exotic horses or bulls that seem to serve no other purpose than to keep the pastures clear of weeds, grass and brush. For those four-legged beasts, all you have to do is throw a little, ragged fence around an area and you will be good to go. It is just that simple; however, we never took advantage of that opportunity. And, in a way, I'm glad we didn't.

We had enough to do. We picked cotton; harvested peas, cucumbers and peaches; gathered pecans; and helped neighbors with their crops. The latter we did only occasionally, but the others were real work on an ongoing basis. So, I can understand why we never worked the land that we lived on - we just didn't have time ... well, I'll take that back. We did have time, but when we were home, we had other chores to do, and when those chores were finished, I guess my parent felt we need some rest and relaxation, which we certainly did.

On our property, we never had a vegetable garden or a flower garden, not even a flower bed. It certainly wasn't because we were lazy, because we were always busy working on outside jobs. I think my Mom just didn't want to invest any time in flowers and vegetables. For one thing, her mother gave us all our canned goods, so there was no need for her to waste her time with that. Now, about the flowers, I'll take a wild guess and say that either she didn't like 'em or she just didn't want to invest any time in growing and tending them either. For whatever reason, we never had flowers to beautify our little rustic landscape.

My daddy wasn't a farmer either, but I think though that at times, he thought he was. For one thing, he didn't have any farming equipment. Without a mule and plow or a tractor, it's difficult to do anything in an uncultivated field. I guess he figured it was more than enough to work on someone else's land, so he simply didn't fool with anything on his own. I'm glad he thought that way.


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