Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Country Kids

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I believe that one of the primary benefits of raising kids in the country is that they have no choice but to become best friends.

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City kids run out to play with their friends after school. Country kids ride the bus home and have only their siblings and an animal or two to befriend. City kids have long summers of playing with their peers. Country kids rarely see their friends in the summer, so they make a special effort to get along.

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As a little girl, this seemed like a tortuous arrangement to me. (I'm the short one, by the way.)

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As I age, I realize what a precious gift it was to be close to my siblings.

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Most friendships are fleeting. Brothers and sisters are irreplaceable.

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Teaching my children the value of siblings is futile. They have to discover it for themselves.

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I think they're learning.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you post any more pictures of me on your site, YOU are going to become replaceable, all right!!!

:^)

Anonymous said...

The youngest sibling, adored and pampered by all, sometimes develops a different view of the family dynamic. (hee hee) Dad

Anonymous said...

Now I see where the little ones cheeks come from.

suz

BoufMom9 said...

What a wonderful view of country life and probably one of the best reasons to be in the country.
I have to say that the same thing happens to be true in large families, because we all tend to rely on one another to help get through the daily tasks.
It's one of the things I love most about having so many children- they are each others' best friends.
PS LOVE the photos.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

What a great post! My siblings and I are still very close too!

Life with Spirit said...

Wow, you have a very fun blog. Came across it when reading Dawn's. It is soooooo cool to see the Country Parenting/living/lifestyle you are living. Great pics too!

Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

Erin - love this post!!! Soooo true! I wonder if Jeanie and Pig would freak if I posted lots of kid pics of us all??? Heh heh.

Hey - you wanna email me at bushbabeaustralia@gmail.com and I'll try and help you get those pics to sit inside the border?? Jeanie is better at it than I, but I did manage to muddle through and fix mine a little while ago.

Totally gorgeous pics by the way!
:-)
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