I am living the country life these days.
Typing that sentence has me sitting here contemplating my life choices.
How did I get here?
Don’t get me wrong. It’s really beautiful out here. I wake up to birds chirping and last week I saw a bunny hopping across the expanse of the yard. I’ve seen gorgeous sunrises and breathtaking sunsets. I could almost convince myself that I am a country girl.
But, then reality slaps me in the face when I pick up my phone to hop on the Wi Fi. It seems country life is void of internet. I can hear you chuckling at my fate. Some of you may even be thinking how good it might be to have limited access to the internet for a time. Well, let me shake you out of your dream state, life without internet is, well, like living in a bubble with no communication in or out.
Then you’re living in the wrong country.
Maybe the wrong century.
In case you’re wondering where I am, I am living with my dad and his wife out where the wild flowers grow rampant. They’ve been wonderful to us and treated us with such kindness. They don’t seem to mind one bit that they can’t check their bank account or pay their Discover bill any time they want. Internet is nothing more than a luxury for folks who live in “town.”
So, in order to get on the internet for any length of time or to download something that has more than ten words, we take drastic measures.
There’s a coffee shop about two miles up the road and they have internet. Wonderful, glorious internet. We frequent this place. We’re regulars now; they know us by name. I have a standing order. I don’t know what we would do without them.
Do I sound desperate?
This is me, internet-less me.
Once in a while we forget something that needs internet and the coffee shop is closed. We drive up there and sit in our car in hopes to catch the magical cyber powers in the parking lot. We’ve discovered there’s a van that likes to do the same thing. Last week, my husband and I realized we needed to get online after the shop had closed and we panicked.
“We have to get up there before the van does,” he said.
“Is this really what we’ve come to?” I thought.
We quickly loaded up in our pajamas and slippers, you can get away with that in the country too, by the way. Who even am I?
Thankfully, we beat the van. It’s not that we couldn’t park in another spot in the parking lot, but we wanted the prime spot closest to the router just on the other side of the wall.
And there we sat, in our PJ’s, in the dark. The only light was our computer screens.
And, you guessed it, the van drove up just a few minutes after we arrived.
We beat him or her or whoever drives the dark navy van.
I’ve been doing all sorts of things out here since I’m currently not working. I just finished helping hoist a lawn mower up so daddy could put on a tire. I sit outside on the swing often since there’s no fence and two dogs who have to go to the bathroom frequently. Our rescue puppy thinks it’s my responsibility to throw the ball so she can chase it every time we walk out the door together.
Life is slower.
I know this pace has been good for me, but I would be lying if I said it has been easy. I’m a get up and go kind of girl and I’m living in a slowdown and have some sweet tea kind of world.
Only I don’t drink sweet tea.
I’m asking the Lord what He wants me to learn through all of this.
There has to be a lesson, right??
Oh, and did I mention I’m picking up dog poo poo with a shovel and tossing it to in the very back of the yard?
I don’t know myself anymore.
All of these inconveniences have me ruffled and next thing you know we’ll be raising chickens.
But even in the midst of all the differences and changes I don’t want to miss a single moment of this life.
I get to live with my daddy and spend time around the dinner table most nights talking and breaking bread together. Well, we don’t actually break bread since he’s diabetic, but you get the idea.
I help in the kitchen and we’ve eaten like kings and queens since we’ve been in the country.
I feel I owe my own family an apology because we’ve NEVER eaten this good.
I walk barefoot through the grass and stare out the window at the rain.
Maybe my soul needs this time to learn to slow down and be content in “whatever the circumstances,” as Paul says in scripture. (Phil. 4:11, see below)
As we march up to Father’s Day this Sunday, I want to publically thank my dad for sharing his home and his life with us. We come as a package deal of three adults and two dogs.
He’s never once complained.
He’s told us we’re welcome to stay as long as we want. Secretly I wonder if he really means that, I mean, we are #extra. I thought I might joke with him and tell him we love it so much we’re staying forever. But then I remember we have no internet and realize it’s really not funny.
I’m so very thankful to him and his wife for taking us in and loving us well.
Goodness, how the world needs to feel some of this…good old country love.
The kind that comes with a beat up ball cap and a fishing pole.
Tonight we’re having hamburgers on the grill, we’ll sit out on the swing while daddy cooks the meat and the dogs will run around under our feet while we sip tea, unsweet that is. We’ll listen to the crickets sing and hope the stars come out for wishing.
And beat off the horse flies.
Then, my husband and I will get in the car and head to the coffee shop so we can check our email.
Probably in our pajamas and high fiving each other if we beat the van.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”