Saturday, March 2, 2013

Some people talk to animals.

Not many listen though. That's the problem.

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Over the last several years, it has become tradition for Jared to spend his February break at a local non-profit farm just outside of town. They offer camps where the kiddos help care for the animals, bake, sled, and explore. No electronics in sight...just children in nature. 

Jared loves this place. And I understand why. There is a certain peace that inserts itself into you once you cross that gate. I feel it, too. 

The animals are happy and well cared for. What a life they have. 

Jared is an animal person through and through. People, well, they are just okay. Animals, on the other hand, speak to his soul. Because of this amazing place, he gets the opportunity to bond with them up close. He knows the proper way to milk a cow ("Not like they do it on television, Mom!"), what each animal eats and how much, and what makes them happy. 

Every day this week, I picked up a boy radiating happiness and content. Rosy cheeked and excited to tell me how the sheep baaa'd back and forth with him. How he pet a baby chick and it held his finger and wouldn't let go. How he built a fort in the woods and oh please let it still be there when I come back this summer!


This one is for you, Frosty. Rest in peace.

13 comments:

  1. What a cool place! :) I can see why Jared loves it. :)

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  2. What a nice place!! Is this in Connecticut?? I have a few friends who would love this place :)

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  3. Looks like fun. Looks like I need to venture out of the state one day. i love animals. I thought this post was gonna be about my fave disney character. Winnie the Pooh. but I liked it anyways. hope you'll come visit me.

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  4. Oh, this place looks great. I love that these places exist for kids to go to - they should have them for adults too! Would love to spend the day with alpacas and build a fort... So pleased he had such a good time :)

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  5. This place is so cool! I love this program! Maybe I can look into starting something like this on the farm I run the cattle show team for! This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing!
    ~Caitlin

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  6. What a lovely farm! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  7. This is fabulous! Wish more kids could be kids and spend a week at one of these...

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    1. I totally agree, Bekah! He has developed such an appreciation for the land, animals, and agriculture. It's just awesome.

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  8. My son would LOVE a camp like this!

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    1. I wish there were more of them...every kiddo should be able to go!

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  9. What a great place for kids to go! I would have loved this when I was younger.

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    1. I wish I had gone somewhere like this when I was a kid, too! It really is a rare, wonderful place.

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  10. Wow, that is awesome! Sounds like a fun time and experience. Glad Jared likes it so much. I bet that not many children can say they know how to milk a cow.. the right way :) Great pics! Hope you are enjoying your weekend

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