My life in the countryside, quiet and happy.
My life in the countryside
Living in the countryside is the best thing there is, being surrounded by greenery, animals, people like me, that makes me very happy. In the countryside you not only breathe fresh air, but also a lot of peace, joy and adventure every day. Here there is no time for boredom, there is always something new to do, from tending the animals to harvesting fruit in the orchard.
At home we are very close and although we are all married and away from our parents' house, we actually live very close and so we are always there taking care of our mother. In the backyard the grandchildren are always playing, laughing and getting into mischief. Luckily this place is huge and we all fit in here.
The day starts early in the morning with the roosters crowing, when you open your eyes the cold invites you to stay in bed for a while longer, the birdsong is sometimes overwhelming, there are birds everywhere and on the tin roof the pigeons step and step and you have no choice but to get up.
In the kitchen you can already hear my mother and my brother Francisco brewing coffee, my mother stops very early to look for the radio station that plays mass every morning. And as I walk to the kitchen we all go from one side to the other saying good morning, good morning, good morning, how did it dawn.
In the kitchen I meet my mother and always the first thing is to ask for a blessing and how nice it is to hear her say "God bless you my daughter".
After brushing and drinking coffee everything takes shape, the body gets active and everyone knows what to do. The women go to the kitchen to make arepas on the wood cooker and a delicious Andean stew that only my mother's seasoning can provide. Others of us go to water the plants, feed the chickens, the pigs and the rabbits.
My brothers are the ones who milk the cows, make the cheese and cultivate the land. There are days when it is very cold and it rains a lot, but there are other times when we all pray to God for rain so that it rains and so that we can water the fields and the crops are not damaged.
In the afternoons it is customary to take coffee to the men who are working the land or vaccinating the cattle, at that time we always take the opportunity to rest for a while and tell stories of one thing or another; I think that coffee time for us is just as important as any afternoon tea in England, only we don't have or keep the same manners as they do.
After coffee there are still things to do, washing clothes, sweeping the yards or going to milk the new born calves who have to be fed both morning and afternoon.
At the end of the afternoon we love to go into the kitchen to tell stories and talk about anything, there is always something to talk about, discuss or analyse.
Don't think that it's all business in the house, most weekends everything is easier and we can relax, watch television, visit friends and in the evenings go to our friend Anselmo's who always has cold beers and a dance floor ready to dance on.
Life in the countryside is very peaceful and I love it, luckily I was blessed to be born in a home blessed by God, my father a man of principles and values and my mother a beautiful woman, a good mother who with her example and her love for God formed my character.
Many may not like life in the countryside and prefer life in the city, but I would change everything at this moment to be able to live every day of my life in that place.
I loved seeing this and reading your words. That wee pup is adorable and the cows I love their ears. Oh yes the arepa I know after the article from @CoquiCoin