Last night we watched the final two episodes of Pioneer Quest, a documentary filmed back in 2000. Two couples stepped back in time to 1870 to carve out a life on the Canadian plains just north of Argyle, Manitoba. I’m not ashamed to tell you, I shed a couple of tears myself last night as they said good-by…good by to neighbors, the family milk cow, then returned to the twenty-first century.
My guess is, you may be familiar with the series, considering how long ago it was originally released. That’s one of the joys of not having a TV….we have literally missed out on 95% of what’s played on TV since our TV broke back in 1983.
Several things struck me as we’ve watched that nine part mini series.
Both couples, after their year was up, purposed to not get sucked back into the rat race. Their relationships with their mates had become much more of a priority, after their year together.
I already tend to be thankful for the simple things in life…but watching that series made me even more thankful!
Thankful for hot running water…. I can fill up our bath tub in less than five minutes and soak to my hearts content. I am thankful for an indoor toilet, soft toilet paper, a stove that provides instant heat at the turn of a dial…a refrigerator (and freezer) both full of food. A furnace that keeps me warm with the flip of a switch…a roof that keeps me dry when it rains….on and on….
I stepped out of the rat race in the late 1980’s and for the most part have continued to keep my distance. (not get sucked back in.)
After watching Pioneer Quest, I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
I am not stuck in the rat race, relationships are a priority in my life, AND, I get to enjoy the plethora of modern conveniences that many people tend to take for granted in our 21st century.
View on the way to town.
Whoever said, Iowa is all flat, and full of bean fields has never been to my part of the state.
Sunrise in our wind break.
What simple things are you thankful for?