Living out here in the country made me realize how good this could be for all of us. We’ve gotten into some much healthier rabbits. I could get used to this.
Being in the country has removed us from being in such close contact with the neighbors. I don’t have to worry about rules demanding the kids be supervised when they play. I just let them go out and poke my head out to check on them every few minutes, or not at all depending on who is outside. I don’t have to worry about the neighborhood kids convincing my kids to take off to somewhere I’ll never think to look for them. I don’t need to worry about nosey neighbors reporting me to CPS because my kids choose not to wear shoes to play outside or because they look dirty (probably because they were just playing in the dirt!) It’s so much more relaxed. I could get used to this.
This morning we started a new habit. Before breakfast the kids went out to play. It was in the 50s and beautiful. The kids played pirates for a while, searching for treasure, then they created a house in the trees. By the time they came in they were all pretty hungry. They didn’t have enough, so they asked to go out and play again. Now they’re exploring mansions under the trees. They’re getting plenty of sun, fresh air, and exercise. They get out every day to walk, run, climb, and explore. They do art with the things they find in nature. They use their imaginations.
Best of all, they get along. I’ve never seen the four of them play together before. Usually Corde is doing her own thing, Sander and Beekee play together or on their own. Luca just explores. Instead they all go marching across the yard, deep in some imaginary land together. The four of them are one little pack, sticking together with no fighting, encouraging the one who wanders off alone to get back into the game, and having genuine fun! This is almost unheard of from them. Even better, the bad attitudes completely disappear!
Clearly this is good for them. I’m starting to think on ways we can keep our family out in the country. Unfortunately, Oz doesn’t want to live the country life. He likes being able to go talk to the neighbors and hang out at the drop of a hat. He’s the kind of person that just likes to drop by. It’s a waste if gas to do that in the country. It means calling and planning ahead. He wouldn’t be able to just wander off without telling anyone to talk to this or that neighbor. He loses his freedom to just disappear, which is actually a good thing. It means he has to communicate. It also means he’s cut off from a lot of drama, something I’ve come to notice he thrives on. I think that’s a good thing too. It’s time to grow up and leave the drama behind. There will be enough drama soon enough when we have a teenage daughter in the house! That’s only a few years away!
But for now I’m trying to find a way to keep our country lifestyle. I want to get set up in a way the kids can really blossom and grow. They’re so happy out here. It would be a shame to change it.