How I’m Bringing Up Country
I grew up in the rural back roads of Michigan. I moved several times and wound up back in Michigan but in the suburbs of Detroit. Nice, beautiful and safe area but not necessarily where I wanted to raise my children. I am blessed to give them this life here but as a country girl, I feel that I would not be doing them justice if I did not bring them up with a little country.
My lover says I am sassy, I am hard- headed, stubborn and that I am a country girl through and through. You are probably sitting here like, okay, what does that mean? I will get to that in a minute. But I feel like you need to know what country really means!
I ran around with the neighbor children every day and night in the summer! We played make believe in the fields and woods. Built tree houses out of scrap materials that were probably not very safe. We climbed trees and played in ponds. We put on plays in the garage and we tubed down a creek for fun!
I was involved in 4-H since I was 5, where my first entry was my pet rabbit named Silver. I entered baked goods, clothes I had sewn, baskets I made and much more, I even showed my dog!
For those of you that don’t know what 4-H is, it’s a youth development organization which, in my rural area was geared towards art and crafts, livestock and more. I would not have traded this for anything in the world; it was an amazing experience that I can say I am so proud to have participated in.
I grew up with horses, so I know hard work. My parents had my sisters and I put hay into the loft of the barn in the scorching summer sun…it was horrible! But again, something about my childhood I would never change.
Darkness is also a different kind of night out in the country. With zero street lights, it takes pitch dark to a whole different kind of pitch!
I was thankful to grow up next door to my grandparents, just a small cornfield away! I would be visiting them until after dark and when I would have to run across the field to go home, my aunt would be outside yelling “children of the corn, children of the corn!” Terrifying if you haven’t seen that movie!
Ever since I had my girls, my number 3 priority is to make sure they grow up with country!
How am I going to do this?
No idea really, I can tell you with these points below where I am going to start and life will guide me the rest of the way!
- Gardening! I started a veggie garden for my girls! I loved having a garden as a girl, eating food that was picked right from the vine or pulled from the ground seems to taste so much better! My husband and I are giving our girls a gift to know what it means to care for a garden, the hard work to maintain it, and the love to eat the food we grow in it!
- Rabbit! Our rabbit recently passed away but we are in the market to give another rabbit a loving home! I had rabbits growing up and they are so much fun to have! If you consider getting a rabbit for a pet, please understand that these are lots of work and they need special care.
- Camo and Hunting! I grew up in a family that hunts. My husband and his family are hunters too; we hunt to give our families food. My girls wear camo in hunting season. They will be fully educated on gun safety and hunting. If they have no wish to hunt, then that is fine but they will be raised in this environment
- Mike and Ike! Thanks to my parents, they got my daughters and my niece ponies! The girls will help take care of ponies and ride them when they are visiting the farm!
I always wanted a pony but didn’t get a horse until I was 13!
- Outdoor Play! We love to be outside. One great part of growing up in the country was playing outdoors. We did not have gaming systems, this is what we did and I was so thankful for that active childhood!
- Morals and Values: I am a tough, hardheaded and stubborn women, therefore, I want to raise my daughters with the ability to do good and the knowledge to keep themselves out of harm. The only work is hard work and I hope they can learn that from their father and I!
- Cowgirl Boots! My daughters rock cowgirl boots! They are super cute and a great shoe for playing in the mud and riding ponies!
- 4-H: when my children are of age, they will take part in this organization. I feel it teaches a child a lot about life and doing good! Check out your local county to see if your kids can take part in 4-H too!
It is so important to me to raise my daughters in the same environment that I was raised. I may not be able to give them the country now but I fully intend to instill the country life while living in the burbs!