Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thank God I'm a Country Girl

Well a simple kinda life never did me no harm
A raisin' me a family and a-workin' on the farm
My days are all filled with an easy country charm
Thank God I'm a country girl.

When Suzanne Prentice wrote these words and Dolly Parton sang them, I knew they were just for me. As I get older, I embrace those words more dearly. Country girl. There is no finer words that can be bestowed on those who understand the gift we were given being born into a rural family.

Yesterday a woman came into the store. She spent a long time looking at our cards designed by Marjolein Bastin. It is my favorite line of cards. Her nature art is so lovely. She captures those sights that we farm girls know well. The woman brought a one of these cards to the counter. "Do you know what that is?" she asked pointing a moth on the card.

"It is a cecropia moth," I answered.

"I have seen these at my house and didn't know what they were," she said.

We continued our conversation regarding the exotic moth. The conversation soon turned to the fact that we are both farm girls. Her roots in Oregon and mine in that other O state. We found an instant bond. Roots that go deep into the soil find others of their kind. Two farm women remembering when the city did not encroach onto farm land. We talked of the treasure in the soil beneath our feet.

I have been invited to go visit this woman and her husband. I will go. I will and sit in their yard enjoying time with an 'old' new friend. We have much in common, you know. All of us who have known life on the farm have a mutual bond. Perhaps we will be blessed with the sight of a cecropia moth. I've not seen one since I was a child and would very much like to see another once more.

Today I received a video clip from a friend in Ohio. I thank Joy for sending it. I know you will enjoy it as well:

Indeed, the simple life never did me no harm. I was raised in a family a-workin' on the farm. My days were truly filled with the simple country charm. Thank you, God. I'm a country girl.

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