Nothing quite compares to life on the farm. In the morning, when the first rays of sun filter down on the growing corn and the quiet dooryard, and everything’s still, I am so grateful for the beauty of this country life. While there’s no way to avoid hectic schedules and stressful situations, I appreciate how, in many ways, life really is a little simpler in the country. With the busyness and bustle of the city miles away, there’s something so peaceful about taking a walk down a gravel road and picking eggs from the chicken coop.
This week, we received a message on our home answering machine. It was a voice recording from the Sheriff’s Department alerting us that there was a “suspect at large on foot in your area.” We were told that deputies were nearby and that we should keep our houses and cars locked and to call 911 if we saw any suspicious behavior. In a moment, the quiet splendor of living in the country was tainted with the reality that there is bad in this world. Even though I typically feel sheltered from a lot of danger and crime, it doesn’t guarantee life on the farm is always safe.
The local news hasn’t reported anything on the story yet. However, there are many theories floating around about what happened and who the “suspect at large” was, but most of the information is hearsay. Until we know more, we’re putting our trust in the local authorities and going on with life as usual…with heightened senses and a few more locked doors.
Events like these are good reminders. It’s important to know that, although we often feel removed from the rest of the world, it’s good to take precautions to keep our families and homes safe — regardless of our address. Most days, there is a definite sense of well-being on the farm and I will continue to appreciate the quiet mornings, the long walks down our gravel roads and the sight of corn tasseling. I feel fortunate to live a somewhat sheltered life in the country.