That was by far the craziest summer I've had in awhile! For the past two months my family and I have been living the "Simple Life" as some romanticisers call it. Within a few weeks our computer's mother board died, the microwave putted out, our lawn mower's wheel flew off (there were no injuries) our heating/airconditioning decided to take a break, one toilet threw a fit for a few days, the kitchen light magically stopped receiving electricity, and our laptop (being a trend follower) also had it's mother board fried. After this experience, I now hold the highest of respects for Laura Ingle.
Once I had come to terms with God wanting me to be Amish, I found that living without these "basic needs" which us Americans cling to so dearly to, life is much more enjoyable. Sure it isn't the quickest way to warm up cold spaghetti when using a stove, or the easiest thing constantly drive to the library to access e-mail, but I found that without all of these electrical distractions (particularly the computer) I was able to devote more time to art and living. I spent my mornings not glued to the computer but sitting on my back patio, enjoying the cool mornings with my mother and a cup of coffee. The dragon flies would buzz around us as flower petals doused in dew would smile toward the clear sky. Lunches were spent in our newly light blue painted dining room with the screen doors wide open. Around 1:00 I would float in my pool reading a favorite book from my early school days. My puppy would lay on the hot patio happy as can be. Josie (my sister) found that true literature is in fact a wonderful thing after she picked up Pride and Prejudice and didn't put it down for three days. I found a new life-long friend after noticing that she had in fact been sitting next to me for the last 9 months in school. My mother (who has the summers off) decided to finally end her facebook, which after much reflection, was discovered to be a source of great stress. Even my hard working Father took a long overdue two week vacation with us up and down the beautiful Oregon Coast. When I saw him take it slow and be entirely content with the scenic coast I thanked God for the rare opportunity.
We learned to slow down, and to take life as it comes. This is probably one of the hardest summers to see come to an end, but I also know that with the right attitude towards life's crazy quirks, such as deadly lawnmower wheels and my little sister reading Jane Austin, its those very odd occurrences that make it such a grand adventure, whether it's Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall. These are the moments worth living for and I 'm ready to see what comes next.
Malmer under my Rhododendron Bush.
Taken by Joise Bosserman