Our neighbors to the north and west are industrial facilities. On the other side of the interstate is an open pit mine. About a mile to the south is the FCX-Burlington Industries superfund site. You need to realize that when we bought the property we knew none of this. The industrial facilities were hidden behind a thick stand of deciduous and evergreen trees. The superfund site, well that wasn’t something the locals discussed and the information most certainly wasn’t volunteered.
Had we known would we have bought the house? Probably not. I’ve always had an interest in natural and technological hazards. I know the downside of living with industry. I’m very much aware of the risk posed by air, soil, and water contamination.
But we didn’t know and it’s now been 15 years. It’s home. It’s the place I look forward to going after a hard day’s work. In a world that is often cruel this is my oasis. A drama free zone where I’m surrounded by kindness, compassion, love…
Our home and gardens provide a ray of light in a world that is often dark and menacing. Here both our bodies and our mines can find nourishment. Every day we make a choice to let the light shine in our lives.
We nourish the soil, our hearts, our souls. We choose happiness. We choose the light. For that I am grateful.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”