I don’t get up early to shop on Black Friday. Don’t need to. Most of the deals can be found online somewhere. Or they aren’t really deals at all. Regardless of what Too $hort said back in the day, there are certain enterprises that are, in fact, easy. WalMart proves it every single year. Maybe I’ll just start referring to WalMart as America’s…nevermind.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t get a good deal on Black Friday. I sure as heck did. Even got to sleep off all that tryptophan the night before.
Friday morning I got around at a reasonable pace. Drank a leisurely cup of coffee. Dressed in layers.
Then I jumped in a pickup with my father-in-law. He drove us out to a friend’s field, easily the most attractive pasture land I’ve ever seen. For the first time ever in my whole entire life I said to myself, “Self, this would be a sweet piece of land to farm*.”
*I don’t mean that to sound condescending to farmers at all. Far from it. The reason I don’t farm (other than the fact that I grew up in the city) is that it’s so stinking hard. I don’t think I have the endurance and discipline to be good at it.
Flinthills on one side of the field. Trees and the Southfork of the Cottonwood river wrapping around the other three sides. Never has a giant plot of worked earth looked so peaceful and serene. Granted, we busted up the natural serenity when we started running that chainsaw like Jason, but whatev.
Over the course of the day I got quite the haul. Wood for our fireplace and stove, certainly. But also an education. My father-in-law taught me how to use and care for a chainsaw. He taught me all kinds of stuff about trees. How to identify different ones. Which ones burn the best. Which ones make the most attractive frames. Which ones may be wiped out of Kansas completely within the decade due to an infestation of a very small, but very destructive beetle.
Really, it was one of the most amazing most anti-consumerist days I’ve ever had. Relaxing even though the work was as physically hard as any work I’ve done in the last few years. Unregrettable in every sense.
Can’t buy that at WalMart. Not even on Black Friday.
Renew and Restore