When Molly was four years old, she sat under the dinning room table, where she had been playing with her younger brother, and began quizzing her mother on life. Her mom was sewing a little pair of red overalls for her, and had time for conversation.
After asking many questions about how her mother came to be where she was in life, Molly decided it was high time she planned out her own life. She decided, that day, that she wanted to be a wife and a mother. She wanted to marry young -- but not the first guy she dated. She thought one must have their heart broken a time or two to really understand and appreciate love. She married at the ripe ol' age of 20.
She wanted 4-6 children. Four of a kind or six all together -- which ever came first. She has five boys.
She dreamed of living in the mountains, raising her children, chickens and cattle. She lives in the mountains with her husband and children, but... instead of chickens and cattle, she has a garden and dogs. (Were they really that high of a priority? Who said this is permanent? Maybe she grew up to realize how much work animals are, and that the farmer never travels far or long...)
To facilitate her dream of being a wife and mother, she immediately set out to learn certain skills that she saw prominently in her mother and grandmothers. She learned to cook, can, and clean, crochet, sew and eventually knit. She learned to care for cattle, children and birds. She always helped with the gardening and made a point of being a good student, after all, she wanted to be able to homeschool her children someday.
Today, homeschooling dominates her thoughts, even when school is out for the season. Her garden is smaller than she ever dreamed it would be, due to the frost free period being only 60 days -- most years. She has seen snow falling on the 4th of July, but that doesn't stop her from making jams, jellies and preserves. Her prize possessions are still her sewing machine, knitting needles and crochet hooks.
"The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule." --Albert Einstein