In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re living in a crazy, complicated, fast-paced world. Most days, I have no problem going along with life’s frantic flow. Eventually, however, I always have to take a step back, away from the mayhem and allow myself to re-center.
There are plenty of ways to disengage from the world and refresh one’s spirit, but my favorite method of escape is to drive out into the countryside on quiet farmland roads. Ideally, my rural drives take place in the early evening when the sun paints everything it touches – sprawling cropland, stately barns, herds of cattle, flocks of sheep – in vibrant hues of orange and gold. For me, there’s nothing quite so calming.
Without fail, while I’m out on these drives, my eyes are drawn to an element of the rural landscape that’s always there – the calm & confident, sturdy & simple, no-fuss farmhouse. These are usually older homes, built sometime in the earlier part of the last century, or even the century before. They’re homes that aren’t out to prove anything. They aren’t trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” They don’t need to.