Plum Tired

| 6/18/2015 12:37:00 PM

Tags: Farm, Plum, Harvest, Family, Chicken, Goat, iPod, Phone, Children, Goats, Chickens, Keri Lynn Oelrich,

Keri-Lynn OelrichIt happened that day just as it did almost every other day.

"Mom," said 10-year-old Tristan as he walked in the door from school, “I want an iPod. Even Sophia in Grade 2 has an iPod."

Cody echoed Tristan's sentiments. "I'm the only one in my class without a phone," said the 12-year-old. And so it went with my daughter, Iva. Certainly no 13-year-old should be seen in public without electronics. Even Ben at age 4 wanted a handheld Nintendo system.

"This has got to stop," my husband said at bedtime that night. We were tired of it. And that's when we hatched our plan ....

The next thing the children knew we were living on a farm, complete with chickens, goats, sheep and a plum orchard. No sooner were we moved in, the children were collecting eggs twice a day. The goats were rather friendly and Ben enjoyed brushing them. The children painted fences, cut the grass and helped in the garden.

Their indoor play vs. outdoor play ratio switched. A swing in the weeping willow tree kept them occupied for hours and running through the sprinkler became a favorite activity.

6/20/2015 9:33:27 AM

Keri-Lynn, welcome to the Capper's Farmer blogging community. That's a great story about the change of life style. It's just the thing that I like reading about. Kids today are so connected with video games and phone apps that they miss out on the real connection to life experiences. I'm glad to hear that your kids embraced the change instead of fought it. My belief is that kids raised in a country life style will indeed be better equipped for life. I have lived in both worlds and now have settled into urban living. I have delclared myself a vacant lot urban farmer. I have three properties with gardens on two of them. The third is in waiting for the EPA to finish their testing and deciding what to do with the soil. This vacant lot is in an area that was contaminated about 80 years ago by a battery factory that spued lead into the air which settled on the soil in the area surrounding the factory. The factory is long gone but there's still contanination in the soil. If it tests positive then for no charge to me a team will remove the soil and replace it with uncontaminated soil and lay down sod on top of the soil. Any way if it does test positive, which I'm pretty sure it will, it probably won't be until next year before the soil replacement takes place. ***** Have a great limited social media day in the country.

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