|my little sister Lindy with some puppies. the North Hills are behind her|
|Some of our doggies. the border collie in the middle was my puppy Bobbie. I loved her more than anything.|
We lived even outside the small town, and I'm grateful for that. There's a distinct difference between small town life and proper country life. I'm pretty sure I blogged about it before, but outside of small towns you live a little more distanced from the local politics and gossips. I rarely played with neighbor children, just my sisters and my dogs, and I think it gave me a spirit of independence I wouldn't have got in the small town nearby. I had 20 acres to explore. I was the luckiest girl in the world, and I know that that is what made me who I am today. Like Wordsworth above Tintern Abbey,
Therefore am I still
|A lover of the meadows and the woods,|
|And mountains; and of all that we behold|
|From this green earth; of all the mighty world|
|Of eye and ear, both what they half-create,|
|And what perceive; well pleased to recognize|
|In nature and the language of the sense,|
|The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,|
|The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul|
|Of all my moral being.|
As cheesy as it may sound, that's what nature is for me: the anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, guide and guardian of my heart, soul and moral being. And yet, here I am in London. Is that strange? Will I ever be able to go back to the country and feel as satisfied there as I do here? I hope so. I'd like to bookend my life with the country, with animals and gardens, fields and mountains, and hard physical work keeping it all from falling apart. If I have a family I'd like them to benefit from life in the country like I did.
Tomorrow I'm going to the London LDS Temple and it will be nice to get out of the city and enjoy a bit of the countryside. I'm looking forward to some peace and quiet. I think they also have some geese and ducks by the temple, and I just love ducks!
P.S. My post title is a reference to a T. Rex song I like. I love T. Rex.