16 things

My favourite tree at sunset in the fall

This list was originally published as “15 Ordinary Things that Amuse City People*” in the June 2007 edition of Harrowsmith Country Life. The asterisk led to a footnote: “and that country dwellers should never take for granted.”

Matt’s aunt–a fellow magazine and book hoarder–passed the magazine on to me last weekend.

As I typed them out, I realized there are actually 16 things–I counted twice just to make sure.

It also occurred to me that today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada, these are pretty good things to be thankful for.

Living on our farm is one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and I’m grateful everyday that I am able to see, appreciate and enjoy these and so many other things:

  1. Sheep
  2. Fresh air
  3. Tractors
  4. Horizons
  5. Home-grown veggies
  6. Deer
  7. Deer and fawn
  8. Cattle chewing their cuds
  9. Sunrise over the cornfield
  10. Barns
  11. Church suppers
  12. An apple fresh off the tree
  13. Homemade maple syrup
  14. Babbling brooks
  15. Inhaling after a summer storm
  16. Starry starry nights

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.

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