Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It's February Vacation (I believe this is a special New England Holiday, sort of a President's day/let's-not-bust-the-school-budget-on-heating-oil thing) and the kids and I have been keeping busy.
We have been to the library, done wood crafts, sand art, baking, Ice Skating and a Museum. And we have watched a few DVDs. (I try to limit the kids' "screen time", but this is increasingly like trying to hold back the ocean with a spatula.)
One of the DVDs we watched was Nanny McPhee Returns. In it, a pair of "sophisticated" city cousins are dropped off to stay with their poor, dirty, farming kin.
The cousins' car pulls into the farmyard, which is a typical, if somewhat exaggerated slop of mud and um, waste, and the boy grimaces, turns to his sister and says:
"We are in the land of poo. Duck poo, cow poo, goat poo..."
Well we here on Maggie's farm got a kick out of that.
Farming is inextricably tied to "poo". Poo in infinite variety, Poo that seems barely possible. Poo that has poo.
I often wonder what our suburban and urban visitors think of the free-ranging chicken#**&! strewn about the yard and the barn and (often) the porch
the sheep "fertilizing" away in the fields
the gummy newborn lamb butts that often need wiping (don't ask...). The three dogs alone create quite a stink (well, yes, the pun WAS intended).
I imagine we might indeed seem to be living in the Land of Poo.
But, then, poo is one of the inevitabilities of life. It happens. And on a farm, as I've said, it happens a lot.
I know from experience that you can shield yourself from from much of this poo if you live in cleaner, less animal prone places--especially if you don't have pets or young children. But perhaps moving to the country helped us come to terms with poo as much as it did with meat-eating and winter. We simply had no choice.
Whatever the case, my kids have been quoting Nanny McPhee with glee:
One will say: "Greetings, O covered-in-poo people. Do you speak English? "
And another will add "Yes, poo-man, we have come from far away, from the land of soap and indoor toilets!"
And then, stepping out into the poo-strewn snow of Maggie's farm, they will laugh and laugh and laugh.
Posted by Perri at 7:08 PM