art of contentment

img_1274.jpgevery morning i awake to the sound of frogs chirping. roses climb past my window, evoking awe with their plump pink presence.

the sky is one mass of blue, specked with resilient clouds. not a traffic pole in sight… only miles upon miles of corn fields. the birds chirp with trembling sopranos and responsive altos, making a musical feast for my ears.

my whole life, i’ve wanted to live in the city. where angry drivers scream “*&% you!”, radios blare, horns honk and commercialism buzzes. where billboards block sunlight and skyskrapers intimidate the birds.

i’m learning a lot about the art of contentment. the peace that comes from hanging up laundry, from sitting outside at dusk and sipping on green tea, from taking a bike ride into town and letting the wind swoosh through my hair.

i’ve been converted. it’s a country life for me, baby.



  1. Pa Dow said,

    June 28, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Welcome to Huron County! We hope you’ll visit often… πŸ™‚
    While you’re here, appreciate all your help with those annoying weeds!

  2. abbagirl74 said,

    June 28, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    I second the country life. I love it and want to get back to it.

  3. anomi said,

    June 29, 2007 at 12:20 am

    lovely. Me too πŸ™‚

  4. miya said,

    June 29, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Emily, so sorry for writing too late. i was busy doing my final reports and finally have done. i’ve left the exam before beginning writing dissetation, but not terribly busy :-).
    i’ll read your days here and leave my short comments sometimes. i’d have said to you “TAKE CARE” before you left korea. it’s toooooooooo late…anyway,
    see you!

  5. Teneale said,

    June 29, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I’m so happy! Becuase its definitly country life for me too. Its nice to share that. I can’t wait until I get to move out of the city, it has never been for me. My contract was renewed, so one more year at Morinville at least. Hopefully it will turn into a permanant contract next year and then we can move out of the city to a small acreage or something. That is the dream. And secretly I ahve always dreamed that Tesh and Trent and their families would live on the acreages on either side of me. Hehe. Silly dream, but it really is a desire of my heart to live close to eachother again and raise our families together (you and Tesh will have families for sure) Doesn’t that sound…dreamy? Love you hon.

  6. Melanie said,

    June 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Em, I can see why you would want to live in the country! I just watched the “High Cost of Low Prices”…and I am converted as well…no more big fat cooperations;) Thanks for inspiring me…living in the country just seems to be a good fit for you, not to mention a great place of inspiration for writing:)
    love, Mel

  7. yunjin said,

    June 30, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Yes. The “Big & Wild City” facination only lasts about a few months. Now I miss my hometown where the air was sweet..

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