Monday, June 25, 2012

understanding the whole machine

As much as I love riding Merlin, it was driving him that felt the most comfortable. As if it was what we were meant to do together. Sitting in that forecart with the lines, asking Merlin up into a trot felt no different than changing lanes in my pickup. Unlike the automobiles I drive, I understand exactly how I am moving across the landscape. I know the animal, the harness, the way the cart is put together. If any single thing breaks down myself or someone close to me can repair it. I have no idea how to repair the microchips in my truck's computer. Travel may be slower. It feels right, though.

Why have we been taught to want to leave home?


Blogger farmhousewife said...

Staying home is one of the more grounded feelings I have; when I leave for "work" or "other" the resounding thought in my subconscious is "as soon as I get home...."

Saw a graphic the other day, on facebook I think, it said, "WORK: it's no longer a place we go to, it's who we are and what we do."

Love the parallel between changing lanes - there are two things in the world that are Favorited by me - riding and driving.

"Happiness is a way of travel, not just a destination."

quote authors unknown

Happy Horse travel to ya!

June 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

There's no other place I'd rather be. I love it here. I saw an ad on CL for a reel mower for a horse to push. I thought of you and your horses. It was $500. I thought about it. People are just about giving horses and ponies away right now around here. Anyway, I can just imagine you on this mower. You need one.

June 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

Your last line reminds me of something I learned about the Amish--that they reject most modern technologies because they are disruptive to their community. Using equine transportation keeps them closer to home, and requires more interdependence in their own communities. I wonder how many of us will someday take on more and more of the Amish way of life as we realize maybe they got it right and the rest of us were led astray?

June 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And why have we been taught to leave home?" This is the key to alot of societies issues. We have lost that connectedness that we are born to need. Thank you for taking the risks you have and persevering!

June 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

i'm a homebody, but one of my brothers is a professional BASE jumper, getting paid to jump from mountains, bridges, helicopters, etc. (he was the 3rd fastest flying human in 2010) some have a sense of adventure that a few acres and several four legged livestock can't satisfy.

June 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Think the more rural you are raised there’s a mentality that it’s right to stay home. The one’s who leave are the black sheep or free spirits usually! After college-if one goes-its time to return home and help out.

Love the idea of driving…you and Patty going for ice cream, farm work, etc…. Can’t wait to give it a whirl. To be connected to the horse in such a way out in the air.

June 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I am so lucky to live in a big city but to be surrounded by neighbors who cherish home. We trade garden plants, give each other help when needed and generally enjoy our corner of this planet. It's an idea reborn that we can be in love with what we have instead of running the tread mill for what we don't have. It seems to be spreading and I'm so happy to be part of a community that embraces thes ideas more and more.

Saw Brave, BTW, and my favorite scene was the heroine shooting archery targets from the back of her... Fell pony? He sure looked a lot like Merlin.

June 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger PansWife said...

I can tell you don't have teenagers. I'm both a homebody and a traveler. I think travel makes us more accepting and appreciative of other cultures. I like to think I'm a better person for having experience other people's homes in other countries. There is a time to nest and a time to travel. Jenna, you seem ready to nest, but we should all be taught to leave home, as well as we should be taught how to create one.

June 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger KiwiGirl said...

Panswife has hit the nail on the head. Travel broadened my mind in many good ways, gave me a wee taste of what the world is like (it's a really big place!), but it was nice to come back home too. Leaving home helped me grow a great deal as a person, seeing how other people and other cultures are. Still have the desire to get out there and go exploring more - India and Africa on the list at present.

June 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Awfulknitter said...

Heh, I can't resist putting my tongue in my cheek and saying that if we didn't want to leave home, the human race would still be living in the East African Rift Valley.

I love my home, but I do love to see other places too. I just try to make them 'good other places', rather than just another mall...

June 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

Hey Meredith, What's up with the comments on your blog that pertain to Jenna: "Kim BenesJune 20, 2012 2:33 PM
Dear Anonymous- I have been writing to every company that supports her and will continue to do so until she is shut down- please do the same- I have sent e-mails to Mother Earth News, PETA and Farm Plate- Farm plate has begun an investigation because I was not the only one. If you have time to post on blogs you have time to write to her sponsers."

I think it's rather disgusting and rather bad form to comment on a blog that you hypocritaclly put down and allow others to do so on your little blog. What's with that???

June 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Meredith is blocked from this blog. I will not be threatened over things that are that ridiculous.

June 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

Thank God. I don't know why my ire gets so worked up over people/trolls like that, but my hackles rise. I will go back to enjoying your writing now...

June 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I am beginning to think that one can learn everything that can be learned about people in one's own community. We inherited the notion that travel was essential for education, but life is not the same as it used to be fifty years ago, when the internet and other means of communication were not available to us. I think what has been most destructive to our communities is that people have been so transient. Maybe this is changing with the downturn of the economy.

June 27, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

"Why have we been taught to want to leave home?"

I LOVE this! You should put it on t-shirts!

There will always be party poopers in life trying to spoil the fun of other. Keep up the great work you inspire a whole lot of us!

Tail Spin Farm

June 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Funny Firm said...

Great post. I love how you say asking your horse to trot is as smooth as changing lanes in your pick up. A lot can be said about that. Feeling completely comfortable and in sync with your horse is important. Great post!

June 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM  

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