I love dirt.
That is a fact, though it’s really soil that I dig (no pun). I love everything that goes with dirt, too, bugs, fungus, worms, veggies, trees, and especially kids.
Kids don’t get filed under dirt, you say? Wait’ll you meet mine.
Mr. Dirt has molded me considerably, though he’s no blogger. I spend my days robbing the world of oxygen, flipping compost, and managing home and family, while he’s off working for The Man. Somebody’s got to pay for this dirt party, after all.
Four Kids in 4-1/2 Years
For a long time, it was just Mr. Dirt and me, then Kids started slowly showing up. Our first had us, we like to say, and the second — also a complete surprise — arrived just a few months later. Before I could sneeze, Number Three was on her way, and as if to round it all off, we opted for a fourth kid, much to the consternation of our parents. You know, we never stopped long enough to consider the
insane full consequence of our lack of planning.
Blogging sure does its part in keeping me sane, but writing is not my forte — digging is. If it’s Pulitzer-winning material you’re looking for, you’d be best to click away and never come back. Snippets from my life — nature, family, gardening — is what you’ll find here; light and positive, a mini-journal of sorts.
I blog for my kids, to show them by my daily actions that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to live in harmony with nature while still live an amazing life.
“With an attitude of respect and concern for other beings, we can create an atmosphere of happiness, real harmony, and real brotherhood.” ~ Zahid Abas
Waking hours (and some of the sleeping ones) are filled with keeping house, running an on-line school, nagging the kids, running errands, and cooking meals. I have
threatened fantasized about getting a paying job, one that requires me to play outside in the dirt every day and get paid for it. I continue to dream.
Most of what I’ve learned in life was by doing it blatantly wrong, accidentally right, or if others have done it right first, I might copy them so I can spend less time learning and more time actually doing. Ugh. I am quite unoriginal and possibly the biggest expert at nothing at all.
Whatever the task, however, I like to get straight to it. Re-purposing other people’s waste, tending the garden, watching birds, discovering new insects, and witnessing kids doing the same is the dream life. I’ll take the one-on-one visit on the back porch swing over a smart phone chat any day.
My overall state of mental health is directly proportional to how much time I spend outdoors: lots of time outdoors, Happy Girl; little time, Grumpy Girl.
Mommy is my heart, soil is my spirit.
— Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog