Along with the animals, we also had a huge vegetable garden. Between the two, we were able to raise most of our food for the long winter months. I remember my mother spending long hours freezing and canning tomatoes and other veges from our HUGE garden. Well, it probably wasn't that huge, but as a small girl, it sure seemed like it. When it came time to send the animals off to the butcher, we all pleaded on their behalf, only to find them served to us anyway, in the form of bacon and eggs, roasted chicken, baked pork chops, or grilled hamburgers.
After growing up, getting married, and having 3 children of my own, I thought the farm life and huge gardens were far behind me. Clearly I was wrong! First of all, we have always had a garden. Some were bigger than others over the years, but I have to say, I really love a nice vegetable garden. As far as the animals go, our oldest son, Matthew, has an unbelievable love for all animals, and growing up he was always trying to bring some critter home to live with us. We went through hamsters, tree frogs, mice, rats, turtles, fish, rabbits, dogs and cats. Needless to say, only the cats and dogs lasted. Thank goodness snakes weren't something that made their way in...not that he didn't try!
Our 3 sons have all grown up and moved out on their own, but after 2 1/2 years in the Army, Matthew has come back home with his own family. He is actually taking over the farmhouse that we are currently living in. Well, let's just say he is making himself at home real fast! In an earlier post I told you about Billie, our goat. Well, just last weekend Matthew brought home a baby pig -Shirley B. Goodeatin, 3 ducks - Huey, Luey, and Duey, and 5 unnamed chickens. Yup, I think we are living with Old MacDonald.
I never thought I would ever be raising farm animals again, but I will say it's kind of nice. Our grandchildren love them, and I love the thought of the many lessons they will learn from growing up on a farm...just like I did.
Shirley B. Goodeatin
Billie the Kidd
Luey and Duey