I returned to the homestead today after a drive to Kona to pick up the repaired ATV and do some errands while there. Pulling up to the farm gate, I was awed to see a beautiful rainbow arched above the homestead. Yes, I've come home to heaven!
I just sat in my truck for ten minutes contemplating my life on the farm. What a contrast to the hectic life our American society expects of us. Having just returned from a full day in Kona, the impressions of "city dwellers" were still fresh in my mind......competitive driving & shopping, no courtesy, little respect, short on patience, in a rush, loudness, insulting behavior and speech, ignoring the beauty and nature around them. Fast food, materialism, status symbol cars, status symbol clothing.
I gazed over my little farm and smiled. It's surely not pretty enough to be featured in Hobby Farms magazine. Nor something you'd see in Better Homes & Gardens. But it's real life. It's good. It's rough, but not bad. It's full of nature, of growing things and animals, of compost and manure, of flowers and food. It produces not just my food but also other resources. It could sustain me and help sustain my extended ohana. It is a place of peace. It is safe. It is home.
I'm content to live the life of a homestead farmer. Not an easy life, but surely one I consider a good life. I just hope that I will be able to continue this lifestyle for a while longer. I'm not ready to stop.