Sunday, May 1, 2011

Discussions for The Dirty Life (Question #5 and 6)

We are discussing The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. Please join us!

Question #5
One of the biggest adjustments Kristin has to make when moving to Essex Farm is learning to live with the absence of instant gratification. She finds that a farmer must continuously put forth effort in order to reap benefits. How does Kristin respond to this new kind of work?
How does her definition of "satisfaction" change?
Would you be able to accommodate a similar change? 

Question #6
The Dirty Life is segmented into seasons. 
What are the underlying issues that take place within each season and how do they relate to the year in full?

Further discussions:


Kerani said...

For me, these questions are somewhat related, and it goes to the way that (once you get started) something is always coming to completion, something is underway, and something else is always just starting. So it's an unending cycle of 'finish up, man that didn't go like I thought, have to change it next time' through 'gosh, this is coming along splendidly, might have to try this again' to 'if I don't take care of this today, it won't get started and then where will we be?' All at the. Exact. Same. Time. Kristin's account captured this pretty well, I thought.

Gretchen said...

I think the need for instant gratification dissolves when you become more of the process of creation. I'm discovering this in my own little experiment in the city. The more involved I am with the whole process of growing my food, planning throughout the seasons and adjustments to all the conditions and situations, the more I feel the satisfaction of meaning and involvement. The work is less about the accumulation and end result and is more about the process, the gifts along the way and the vision for the next challenge.

L0rdsServant said...

Kerani answered this PERFECTLY!

Instant gratification can never compare to the sweet joy of having something come to completion after much toiling. "Ragu" will never compare to a tomato raised from seed, with care and attention, in a bed with tended soil and companion plants, seasoned with home-grown herbs, all finished under the warm sun and simmered slow in a warm pan... Oh, I can't wait!

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