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Here’s something to think about

By Carol Clark

I copied this into my journal from, "When Wanderers Cease To Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put" by Vivian Swift. This charming book is filled with watercolors of nature, seasonal landscapes and small everyday pleasures.

The perfect sentiment for those of us approaching "middle age." Shhhhh.

The Acre of Earth Theory of Life

. Everybody gets an acre of Earth when they're born.
. Parents are the first fences.
. Teenagers think that ugly clothes, uglier hairstyles, and horrible music tears down those fences. This is pretty funny.
. Whatever you do in your 20's is just mapping expeditions.
. By the time you're 35 you're probably a battle weary veteran of numerous clashes over territory, a few border wars - your acre of Earth's been trampled pretty bad. It could use some re-landscaping.
. It takes most of your 40's to clear out the dead wood, plant a nice garden, dredge the swampy bits, observe the seasons. This is how you discover that there's an Eden on the far side of your acre that you never knew was there.
If you EVER feel crowded into a corner by your life, you need to take a better look at your acre of Earth. IT'S BIGGER THAN YOU THINK.


 

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