I felt like I was stuck in a time warp today. Abner and Katie’s farm reminded me of a more pristine time when there were no video games, cell phones, televisions–in short, no distractions. I think theirs is a rich and blessed life, even if they don’t have the modern conveniences we have. Our visit also reminded me of what Jefferson wrote in his famous Notes on the State of Virginia, the only book he ever wrote. “Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people.” This was Jefferson’s way of saying that farmers are industrious, thrify, independent, and frugal–all the virtues that he thought were necessary for a strong and vibrant republic. Abner and Katie and their lovely children reminded me that Jefferson’s dream is still alive and well today, if only in small doses.
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