January 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
Hobbes said that life in the state of nature is ” nasty, brutish and short.” I say that life without fun is nasty, brutish, and short. Contrary to what it might seem to an average city-dweller, country life is full of joys. And on the cheap, too. Consider this – our city dweller might be tempted to pay moneys for a gym membership, whereas country folk can head to their backyard, and, for no money whatsoever, get their workout and their daily doze of high from such a useful and productive activity as chopping wood. Both Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold have glorified wood splitting in their writing. Thoreau has famously said that making your own wood “warms you twice,” and this is true even for 0-degree days.
If you don’t believe me, just see how happy this seemingly mundane chore makes this Wisconsin farmwife:
Here is me, splitting wood for the first time:
Don’t tell me that winter in Wisconsin is cold – look, I’m sweating on a 0-degree day! My hair and most of my clothes were practically soaked by the end. (OK, I got it, I got it, this is not the picture you want to be imagining).What? Your idea of fun doesn’t include being soaked in sweat?
Let’s do a close-up:
I must confess, I enhanced it just a tiny little bit with the pieces I wasn’t able to split and deemed to be small enough to fit in the stove anyway. Jacob said it was like stuffing Kleenex into your brassiere.
Enough narcissism for the day for ya?