Sunday, April 17, 2011

Discussions for The Dirty Life (Question #1 and 2)

I just received my copy of his book in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to dig in!
I noticed that there are some discussion questions at the end of the book. I'm going to post one of them here.

I will post 2 questions every week (starting on Sunday) through the end of the month.

Question #1
Kristin was a freelance writer in New York City, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world.  When she first met Mark on his farm, she felt like a foreigner.
In what ways do you think this feeling comforted her?  

Were you surprised when the situation flipped and Kristin felt foreign to the life she used to lead in the city?

Question #2
In what ways did Kimball's yearning for a home sway her decision to leave the city and start a new life with Mark? 
If you were put in a similar situation, do you think you would have made the same decision? 
Why or why not? 
What is your own personal definition of "home"?

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EllaJac said...

Oh that looks like an interesting book!

Kirsten said...

I was thinking that perhaps Kristin felt comforted being a foreigner because A) it seemed new and exciting, much like a vacation to a strange, new location and B) because as a foreigner, she could leave at any time. I wasn't really surprised when her feelings flipped and she felt foreign to her old life. As someone who grew up in the country, moved to the city, and then moved back to the country after marrying and starting a family, I know first hand how it feels to look back at your old life and find it completely invalid and lacking in things of substance. I'm certain that if more people were able to experience the simple joys life affords they might too have a more heartfelt appreciation!

I think Kristin was early on swayed by what many of us are: the idyllic farm life. We think of home in our culture and that early Americana picture of the picket fence and pristine wildlife seems to stick. However, just as she found in that initial scouting of the land, we soon find our initial expectations diminished. Thankfully, Kristin found that the realization of this life is far more than the idyllic image.

I adore Kristin's sense of adventure and willingness to redefine her image of home. After all, "Home is where the heart is," right?

My definition of home is being nestled in the place God puts me, surrounded by by husband and children. It's warmed by more than a hearth and stands taller than any big, red barn. :)

Kerani said...

I agree that Kristin's feelings of strangeness in the farm setting would have been comforting, in that it allowed her to be a tourist - something she was already used to experiencing. I think that her comfort in trying new things was a plus when it came to adapting to her new home and lifestyle.

When it came down to it, she may have been as surprised as I was that she decided to settle down and stay on the farm.

Annie, Morning Joy Farm said...

I also agree with the comfortable feeling of "tourist" that Kristin first felt. But I think the difference came about when she participated in the farm, the growing of things, the providing of food. For me, that is such a powerful part of what we do as farmers! Farming is not a spectator sport and once you become involved, you are committed to other people and other living things. That also contributes to a feeling of home, the nurturing of life the feeding of others...that's home!

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