Early Riser 23 July 2014

Lee Cemetery

I am an early riser who loves running when the world is still thinking about bringing the morning. I am a horse lover. I wonder about things: why avocado pits are so big, why some are never satisfied with the loving arms that are right there around them, why we drive on the right side of the road, and why S’mores Blizzards aren’t available all year long.

I love the curiosity of children. If we could capture that sense of wonder in the way the world works and the joy that can take over the body at the sight of the stars at night or horses grazing in a pasture or a shiny rock on the ground and keep that sense forever, wouldn’t this be such a much better place? wheat wagon


There is beauty in the everyday, like this cream separator. It was engineered to perform a job, but clearly the engineer built grace and balance into it and must have thought it lovely. Perhaps he was thinking of sweet smooth homemade ice-cream as he designed it. cream sep

And then, there is this Minneapolis Moline 4-Star tractor. Just look at the lines and curve, and the way it sort of leans forward as if ready to go. The prairie gold with the bronze really sets it off. Can you imagine how stylish you’d feel working this tractor in the  field all day? It’d be a pleasure to put the head lights on as it guided you home in the dusky dark. We just hurry to and fro so much now–we need to remember to look around and be amazed. 4 star

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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