Backwards or Forwards?

I started writing as the MaryJanesFarm “City Farmgirl” a long time ago. Don’t ask me when. 2006, maybe? 2008?

It’s been a FUN ride. I always enjoy writing my posts and then, the best part, hearing back from you all! And the folks at MaryJanesFarm? Well, you can imagine how inspiring and encouraging it is to work with them. I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to share with you here than I am. It’s great.

Recently I had to purge some photos from a photo storage site that I used early on in blogging. I received a notice about their fees increasing, so decided to see what I was storing there. I wound up sitting in front of the computer for hours as I looked at hundreds of photos. I hadn’t seen these since I put them up on the blog years ago.

Doing this turned out to be an emotional experience. It was a weird sentimental journey, a wistful wondering, a deep look into the eyes of me, back then.

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  1. Carol says:

    I love your farm, your home, your mountains, and all the other claims that you can make here. Your daughter is correct is that the mountains, streams, and animals are everyone’s, but I feel as though you can claim a piece of them.

  2. Reba says:

    You are absolutely blessed! You have experienced the Appalachians! Many people don’t understand the wonder of those mountains. Some siblings in my own family don’t. But they are beginning to love them. They are my happy place, both backwards in time and moving forward. The mountains are there…beautiful, dangerous, and wonderful, all at the same time. My parents took me to the mountains a lot when I was growing up. My Daddy and Mama were from TN/NC, respectively, just across the mountain from each other. Then early in their lives they moved to GA for my Dad’s job. He did NOT want to be a tobacco farmer. So he was very innovative and learned a new trade to support his family. Many, many years later, I think they became “homesick”, and we visited often. That’s when I fell in love with the place. Recently, a friend from those mountains shared a book with me. It’s called “Dorie: Woman of the Mountains”. I couldn’t put it down! You could have just replaced the person’s name with my Mama’s name! It’s about a time and culture in those mountains. It’s like I could see some of the culture that I was taught by my own parents. I bought a farm there and loved it!!! Then I moved to MT to be close to my daughter. Now she has relocated for her job to Asheville, NC. Yeah! Now, I’m going back to my beloved, beautiful, wonderful Appalachian mountains!

  3. Jan Galbreath says:

    For some reason I have always pictured you outside of Asheville. I must have missed a post that said you were moving. When was that, and what state are you in now? I now live in Asheville! I love your blog, especially when you talk about your love of the land and your farm. Truly, you remind me that ‘farmgirl’ is a state of mind that I can access even in a town or city. Thanks for your lovely writing.

  4. Judy says:

    Thank you Bekah for that heart_warming/heart-felt, forward/backward trip.
    I felt like I was there and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
    The whole meander was Gorgeous, Thought-provoking & Fun!!
    Thank you again!

  5. Diane Van Horn says:

    Rebekah, I remember that post as if it was yesterday! I was so happy when you found your farm. There were many great blog posts from “Aunt Pearls” and I am sure there will be many more from the “Dragonfly Farm”. Keep riding that roller coaster and I will ride along with you.

    • Susan Abernethy says:

      Love your writings, I felt I went along the ride with you.
      In my life I know a piece of your former place goes with you, and a piece of your heart stays there.
      Life is a journey , backwards and forwards.
      That piece of your heart revisited in memories.
      Keep riding the roller coaster
      Peace and Happiness,

  6. Marilyn says:

    You have such a lovely place, so peaceful.

  7. Debbie Fischer says:

    Loved reading your post about your farms, Aunt Pearle’s and Dragonfly. You made me feel like I was there with you, your daughter and Strudel.
    Thank you for sharing YOUR Mountains with us and sharing part of your journey with us
    I enjoyed reading it with my morning coffee ☕️
    Until next time.

  8. Denise says:

    I love how you love the country life. I was raised sort of in it and can understand your love of it. the stillness when out in the woods and hearing something fall from a tall tree, could have been a squirrel up there or just something decided to fall right then. but I loved the peace of it and I don’t get to go back to that now but I love reliving it through your blog posts. I must have missed from when you moved from one farm to the current one but hope you enjoy this one as much as you did your last one.

  9. Amy Wasko says:

    *wistful sigh*

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

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