Things have finally started to move again on the Ant Farm. The rain has held off, and the soil (as well as the chert pit) has dried up enough for the heavy machines to roll again. As it turned out, things were moving so quickly that I was caught a little off guard. Friday I learned that the excavators were set to install the water pipe on Saturday, and I had been planning to install a conduit while the trench was open for the water line. As a result, Edie and I ended up rushing out to the property yesterday morning with a truckload of conduit and a long day’s work ahead of us.
Lately, we’ve been trying to teach the kids about responsibility by giving them more of it. I was listening to a podcast this week exploring the roots of our country. In all of my studies, somehow it had escaped me that many of our original Founding Fathers were quite young during the Revolutionary era. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence at 33. James Monroe fought in the Revolutionary war as a teenager. The Marquis de Lafayette joined with the Americans as a major general at the ripe old age of 18. These men had already changed the world by the time they were in their twenties. Today it’s considered a success if kids get a job by the time they’re 30.
So my daughter’s learning the old-fashioned way. Together we installed about 600 ft. of 1″ conduit from the road to the home site, and she really did the work. She may only be seven, but she carried pipe, pulled string and glued sections together like a pro. Her only compensation: a ride on the bulldozer.
It’s been exciting to see progress on the project again. It’s even more exciting to see the difference that this whole adventure has already made in our family life. I can’t wait until we actually get out there.