A few weeks ago, we did our second hike up Pillar Mountain, per Rachel’s request. Almost all of the electricity on Kodiak comes from these beautiful wind turbines, and they are all up on Pillar Mountain. We can see them from our house and drive by them every time we go to town.
Last time we hiked Pillar, the rain and fog were so thick that we couldn’t see more than 100 feet in front of us most of the way, and we heard the windmill before we saw it. We hiked the real trail up the mountain, but then hiked the road down, as my knees were aching on the way up.
We ate our picnic lunch along with some lignonberries (called low bush cranberries here) that we found on the ground. The weather was spectacular, and the views matched. What a glorious day to live in Kodiak! We had camped at Ft. Abercrombie the night before.
I knew since I was 17 that I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom and homeschool my children. I received quite a lot of criticism for that in college, as many of my fellow students (male and female) thought that my scholarships should have gone to someone who was “going to actually use their education.”
I wonder if those same students know how much courage, tenacity, creativity, research, debate, language study, management, and organization I put into my vocation of motherhood. I may not be building a resume, but I am building the future. And I am building myself, too; mothering has made me into a much better person!
Someday, I will work or volunteer in a more career type job. Someday, I will not have to wake up at 6 am to exercise before my day really starts, after being up 4 times during the night. Someday, I will be able to read an entire book in one week, rather than one month (or 3 months…).
But right now, this is my life. I chose this, and I still choose this, and it is amazing.
The tasks are tedious and repetitive and never ending. The hours are absolutely terrible. The results are incredibly important. And the joy is incomparable.