It’s the first Monday of March, so it’s time for the Common Thread Give-a-way. Last month Maria gave away on of her drawings.
This month, in a nod to the winter that won’t quit, I’m giving away a print of a watercolor and mixed media drawing of nearby Ice Pond Barn. The print is on 8×10 archival paper in a protective matt.
If you’d like to enter the drawing for ‘Ice Pond Barn’, leave a comment on my blog. When you’ve left a comment, take a trip over to the other blogs in our group.
I’ll be picking the winner (using Random.org) and announcing who it is on Friday morning.
Growing up, I loved Little House on the Prairie. I loved it so much, I thought I wanted to switch places with Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved the idea of making everything you used, and there seemed to be a simplicity to their lives that doesn't exist now. Once I got older and learned to appreciate things like penicillin and voting, that wish vanished (now I'd settle for a Time Machine for the occasional visit),
Searching through town records and shared family trees, it's clear rural life was definitely simpler back then. You were born. You lived. You struggled. If you were lucky, you made it to adulthood and struggled some more.
We struggle with bills and schedules. We struggle with chores and parenting, but when I come across the all too-frequent pairs of dates indicating the existence of a child who died as soon as he or she drew breath, I know I don't really struggle at all.
That struggle is one any parent can imagine. To imagine it happening one or two times in a row – sometime five or six in a lifetime – and still keep fighting just so you could keep parenting the children that managed to draw a next breath, however, is to begin to understand what real strength must have been (and still is where this story continues to plays out around the world).
It is also to begin to appreciate in earnest that a complicated life is actually a fortunate one.