Thursday, August 21, 2014
Last weekend my DH lost his 87-year old aunt and his 90-year old uncle. On the same day as his own mother had passed away when he was only 2. They all live in the Thumb area of Michigan, which is a 4 hour drive for us from our location. Wednesday they buried his aunt so DH got up early and left the house before 6AM to get there on time. We had already scheduled something for that same evening weeks ago that could not be canceled so he had to drive back home after the funeral. Today he repeated that same trip for his uncle. When he returned he had lots to tell me.
His uncle had lived on the original family farm in the original house that has been in their family since they came over from Ireland years ago. Uncle kept a document in his kitchen deeding the land to them that was signed by Martin Van Buren. He has 3 sons who live in various parts of the US but are not interested in farming. The really amazing part is that the 3 brothers have agreed to set up a trust for the farm to keep it in the family forever. A cousin owns the farm next door and will be farming it for now in addition to his own land. Another uncle had owned this farm before his death and the two brothers (the uncles) farmed together all their lives on these 400 acres. Farmers are a tight lot. The soil is part of their blood. It makes me happy that this land will remain in the family.
I am getting better at the ETL. I actually crave my huge bowls of salad now passing up other foods in favor of my greens. Still digging on the beans too, though for lunch I indulged in a bit of guacamole on my salad just to change things up. It was wonderful.