“And as for our home – that is comfort. It crouches under the rooted knees of a pine. Our room is the size of a cat. The walls are inlaid with white, yellow and rose quartz pebbles. These pebbles reflect the light of the fire in fireplace and little pine pitch lamps on our sliver of waxed pine table. Around our table crouch red cushions. Along the walls are four doors to tunnels for escape and storage rooms. Along the walls are shelves for utensils, tools, pots, pans, wooden dishes and mugs. Hanging from root and ceiling boards are dried herbs – thyme, oregano, mint, gingko. Nut and Jack sleep in a hammock strung from one of the roots over my jumble of covers. Momma and Poppa have a wood bed next to me. Facing the fireplace is a comfy, cushioned doll’s sofa splashed with a red poppy fabric. Next to it is a wide lapped gray chair. In the corner is a table for projects.

Ma and Pa built this home themselves.

Kick Jump [ Kick Jump is a chipmunk]

“Most men appear never to have considered what a house is and are thought needlessly poor all their lives because they think they must have such a one as their neighbors have. It is the luxurious and dissipated who set fashion which the herd so diligently follow. The best works of art are an expression of man’s struggle to free himself of this condition. [But] before we adorn our houses … the walls must be stripped, beautiful living be laid for a foundation…boards and shingles, lime and bricks are cheaper and more easily obtained than suitable caves. With a little more wit we might use these materials so as to become richer than the richest now are, and make our civilization a blessing. The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.”

Henry David Thoreau ‘Walden’

Published by ady80braun

retired k teacher, mom

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