Monday, June 8, 2009

I Have a Confession...

I'm not really a farmgirl.

Yes, we live on six acres of land, which may be more dirt than the average gal contends with on a daily basis, but it's about 443 acres shy of the average American farm, according to one source. Plus, if we're really going to call a spade a spade, having land makes one a farmer about as much as owning a hose makes one a fireman, or firegirl, in this case.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I stumbled upon a book last night at my Aunt Donna's house and I just may never be the same. Here's what I found stitched onto a tea towel inside Mary Jane's Ideabook-Cookbook-Lifebook:

"Farmgirl is a condition of the heart."

That is me, and I have a feeling, you. It's got me thinking all kinds of crazy, swoony things. Mostly, it has me smiling. I don't know what the roots of my farmgirl condition are, but they run deep. I imagine there is more to it than the fact that we had a few odd pigs and cows in the barn when I was a kid, especially since I was mostly afraid of the whole lot of 'em... And surely having a mother who owns a canner does not a farmgirl make.

For now, I'll keep thinking on it. And I'll keep reading the book. And I'll keep daydreaming about how to unite our collective inner farmgirl. Stay tuned.

12 comments:

  1. Hello there! I'm SO enjoying your blog. Your photographs are beautiful, I just love the perspective they are from. I too am a farmgirl wannabe. I was born and raised in the heart of Chicago. We've just got three acres, but I feel like a farmgirl, in my heart. Did you know that MaryJanes Farm has a bi-monthly magazine? I just ordered it and I LOVE it!

    Thanks so much for blogging. It's a sweet spot to visit.

    PS I posted a pic of my peonies on my blog if you wanna see!

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  2. Did you write that post for me?? I feel like such a fraud, because I am certainly NOT a real farmgirl either. I love the tea towel quote, how cute is that? So glad you feel the same as me, but since you actually live "sort of" on a farm you are the real deal:)

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  3. I never thought about it much, mostly thinking you liked gardening and flowers :) Either way, it doesn't change that I enjoy your blog :)

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  4. I'm wondering if a farmgirl and a beachy girl can always live near each other? Maybe if it's just a condition of the heart. I sure hope so :) I like your condition of heart...you are a farmgirl in my book!

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  5. I'm a farmgirl at hear too! ;)

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  6. Oh, does that mean I can be a farm girl too? Even if I don't even own 1 whole acre? That makes me incredibly happy. I think I must put my hands on that book. And I think that quote is going on my inspiration board. You've made my day.

    -Jen
    P.S. Bagel sandwich tally for the day: 1. I'm weaning myself.

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  7. hey now just remember you are 98% more farmgirl than me!!~!!!!1111 ;)

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  8. I LOVE that book!! I found your blog recently and read thru a few pages. I must say I am jealous that you live on a "farm". Your kids are so cute!! That Easter post about your daughter's hair reminds me of one of my friend's daughter's hair. It grows as the day goes on. So funny and hard to imagine. My little girl has stick straight, thin hair. Love your blog!!
    Elise

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  9. I am going to eternally swoon over your new banner pic. TDF. Loved this post, seriously. I don't know what else to say. Your writing and the condition of your heart melts me.

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  10. your peonies rock the house. seriously. mine just didn't make it this year. i do not understand it...darn ants. but, yes i agree, "farmgirl" is an affair of the heart. i think it requires a love of the land! and a willingness for hard work. and a need for the sound of the wind blowing through the tall grass and trees on a sunny day. i can't wait until i get my patch of dirt!

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  11. Here is another book for ya "Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson. It proves any woman can be a farm girl:)
    ♥ Jen

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  12. I've been enjoying Mary Jane Butters and her books and her magazine for a few years. Why did I never introduce you before?! You should pick up the magazine at B&N sometime. You would love it. And there is a website too, of course. I think we should stay in her "outback" bed and breakfast sometime.

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