On Track

April 12, 2013 § 5 Comments

From the height of our land, looking north. Infrastructure not pictured: Primary critter/hay pole barn, wind turbine, tool shed, and two greenhouses

From the height of our land, looking north. Infrastructure not pictured: Primary critter and hay pole barn, wind turbine, tool shed, and two greenhouses

This is our place. Or most of it, anyway. Despite what I wrote a couple of weeks back, I actually kind of like it. It is simple and somewhat rustic, and at times entirely chaotic and messy. But we know every nook and cranny (have assembled most of those nooks and crannies ourselves), and I have wonderfully specific memories from certain events during construction: The time I fell down the open stairwell, the work party to hoist 7″x9″x20-foot green hemlock beams in place, the day a concrete truck got so stuck we had to bring in two 100+ horsepower tractors to extricate it. It took hours and no one would charge us a nickel for their time and equipment. I can point to the exact spot in the living room where each boy was born, and where they took their first steps.

As I mentioned in that previous post, there are things we would do different, if we had the chance to do them again. But when I consider everything this place holds for me, in ways physical, emotional, and even spiritual, and when I look at the photo above and realize that each and every one of the structures on our land are imbued with specific memories, most often involving Penny and the boys and/or good friends… well, I suppose in that regard, I wouldn’t change a darn thing.

My plan is to grow old and die here, and although none of us can rightly know how our lives or deaths will unfold, I am pleased to report that so far I’m right on track to meet this goal.

§ 5 Responses to On Track

  • Al Benner says:

    Nothing better to be right on track to die old and happy in a place you love Ben….well said as always.

    Al from Old School Farm

  • Don says:

    A friend of mine told me he was laying in a puddle of water replacing a hot water heater in one of his rental properties. He works hard and manages the properties himself. He was bemoaning the poor working conditions to his lady friend recently. And her comment was “But look where you live”. He gets to live in the country, mow hay, tend his horses and llamas, and sit in front of the fire at the end of his long days in complete privacy. The more time at home the better. If one can work at home that is worth a lot of compromise. Hey, whatever it takes.

    • Ben Hewitt says:

      Thanks for the note, Don. A good reminder to keep things in perspective. As I like to say after a gripe session regarding writing as a career: “But, at least it beats working.”

  • Wendy H says:

    Nice spread there, Ben! Hey, what size is that little shed? Looks like it might be about half what I’m looking to build – but depends on funds come mid-summer. My land will take some time to clear and develop – and I don’t know if I’ll get it cleared as much before I die (since I’m a ‘tad’ bit older than you!) – but it will be a fun process to watch it develop nonetheless.

    Like you, I will enjoy my own slice of heaven up here in the north country, writing poetry, etc., and just see where it takes me. We are SO lucky up here, aren’t we?!

    ~ W.

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