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WOW!  All I can say is that this book and "Eat, Pray, Love" are really impacting me on a very spiritual level this year.  I've read at least 2 other books by Kingsolver, so I'm familiar with her affinity toward nature and her writing style.  I'm only a few chapters in.  What I didn't expect was for some childhood memories to crop up, and for me to begin realizing what a horrible path I'm on.

Here's what I know- we had a large garden growing up, in which we grew all of our own vegetables to live on during the summer (including pumpkins for Halloween).  My Dad is a hunter and we would live off of canned veggies and what he brought home in the winter months (venison chili, anyone?).  We foraged for asparagus, morel mushrooms, blueberries and raspberries depending on the season.  We picked wildflowers for the centerpiece of our table, or brought in evergreen in the winter.  Of course we went to the store, but what I didn't realize is that our family was making a statement by living off of the land as much as we could.  I've never thought about my country upbringing in quite this way.

I've decided that I want, no I MUST show a part of this to Matthew.  I know I need to take baby steps, and I'll start with buying all of my veggies, bread, and cheese at the farm market when it opens this year.  I'm really excited about this, and I hope that by doing it, I can help to teach Matthew a sense of community, and maybe a love foor food- real and good food.

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kateherself
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Hey!!! You didn't tell me you started reading this.
I have to finish "Pillars of the Earth", but I've been holding off on this one! I actually started it when I was on vacation in Saugatuck, but now I want to hurry up and get back to it so we can read it together, or at least in proximity!

I think that's really great. I never knew that about your family.

I want to live off the land, but I have the brownest thumb in history.

I have been meaning to make more of an effort to shop at the farmer's market, but guess how many times I've gone since I've been back in MI? If you guessed "none" you'd be correct!
verybookish
Feb. 4th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I bought it last week through Amazon and just got it. I meant to tell you I had started. In any case, I'm sure you'll soon catch me up (all 2 chapters lol) since I now read at the pace of a snail haha.

There's a great site referenced in the book called harvestlocal.org. I am using it to pick our "date night place" this weekend. Lori is taking Matthew so we can go out to dinner. I'm going to go to a local restaurant that buys local too.

Girlfriend, I have a brown thumb too. I may renew my efforts though. I don't know how I managed to take care of things so well as a kid, and can't do squat as an adult. I guess I have less time now.

I feel like my family lived that way unintentionally. Dad moved us from Belleville to Stockbridge as a way of sheltering us, I think. We had 10 acres surrounded by state land, so it seemed natural that you would grow a lot of your own food.

I wonder if I can take gardening 101 as a refresher lol!
kateherself
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Maybe we could take a gardening class together this summer or something? I've always wanted to garden. My dad ALWAYS had gardens when we were young. I remember going out to pick things in the yard to eat for dinner.

I'm really ready to start being intentional in my life and in my eating.

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