Is It Worth the Effort?
Log Home Diary Entry # 10
After the past few entries, one might wonder: Is relocating an authentic log cabin worth the effort? Yes, it is worth every minute, every dime and every bee sting. I may differ some afternoons, after preparing maps and documents for the county appearance commission or re-zoning board, moving debris, or cleaning out old barns and buildings (although I think I’ll take the cleanup and yard work over the journey of obtaining all the approvals).
I have to do it, though. Although it may be a challenge at times, I look up and see the old farm, smell the hundreds of roses surrounding the old farmhouse, hear the birds singing and feel the heritage it had and what integrity it still holds today. There aren’t many places left in America like this, and that allows my inspiration to grow more each day. After all, if I don’t preserve the past, what will this next generation see? From the 1808 log cabin to the old dairy barn to the outhouse, from the miniature donkeys and the fainting goats to the little chickens and ducks, we must leave something for our next generation to learn from.
Why does someone like myself, who has such a passion for a 200-hundred-year-old log cabin and an old farm dating back to the 1700s, take the time to apply for all these county re-zoning requirements?
What inspires me even more than the present desire to create Justice Plantation is that both of my sons and their beautiful wives are expecting their first children. Our oldest, Jonathan, and his wife, Kathryn, are due in September 2010, and our youngest, Justin, and his wife, Dani, are due in November 2010. My wife and I have never been grandparents before, and we don’t know what to really expect. But I surely know that they won’t have the same rules at Poppa and Grammie’s!
At the end of the day, it is all worth it. We will leave something for generations to come, and they, too, will be glad someone had the vision to pursue such a task.
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