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Time well spent

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 10:20 AM

I watched Trace Adkins video, Just Fishin' this morning and it made me think. My 5th child turns 9 today, 2 weeks ago we welcomed our first grandson, and this weekend we are travelling to the homestead farm to spend a day with my parents; there will be 13 of us in our BIG van! Our family is growing and shrinking and changing and time marches on. What memories will my kids take with them? What will they remember with the most clarity? I don't think it'll be the cell phones, video games or toys we've purchased. I hope it'll be the pumpkin patches, snow days spent playing Bingo, playing catch in the lot, Dad coaching them, pancake mornings and Sunday Brunch.

For me...its playing in the hay mow, sliding off the tin shed into huuuge snow drifts, chasing hogs, snow storms with no electricity and Dad teaching us to play cards by lantern light. Its spending the day on the back of a horse and helping neighbors herd cattle with the same horse. Its riding in the back of the end-gate seeder and having lunch in the shadow of the tire tractor.

Those are the things I remember about my childhood and hope I am teaching my children that those are the kinds of memories that matter. Time spent, not money spent. What are your memories and what are your ideas to create memories with your own children?

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What I like about your memories, Leah, is that I can so easily imagine myself in them. Heck, I can walk outside, take a whiff of the air (during any type of season...thanks Iowa!) and the scents will send my mind off into a beautiful nostalgic tangent.

Although I do have many fond memories of material items (music, books, movies, Nintendo, junk food (ha ha), etc.), I feel that experiencing nature and ALL it has to offer is essential to a healthy, colorful and grateful existence.

Ah, I could type all day about this...but I think it's time to get off the computer and rake some leaves! ;)

-- Posted by qMarq19 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:45 PM

Oh, and the best part about passing it on to younger generations is the guarantee that you'll STILL be experiencing these great things at 25, 35, 45, 55...85, 95!

-- Posted by qMarq19 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:50 PM

Leah, you obviously have plenty of wonderful memories about growing up in rural Iowa and the ability to write about them... why don't you consider submitting something for the next Midwest anthology? Titled Sowing Wild Oats, the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012.

-- Posted by JTennant on Tue, Nov 1, 2011, at 4:10 PM

Kids will have their own wonderful memories. Not yours Mom.

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 5:09 PM

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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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