Trading Rules for Acres
One acre is equal to 43,560 sq feet. The average lot size in the US is less than 9,000 square feet which is lower than it was 40 years ago.
My family is about to move and we have highly anticipated what to do with the flexibility of our new home. We aren’t gaining more square feet. We aren’t gaining proximity to anything new. We won’t be able to walk to a coffee shop or a park. What we will be able to step outside to a blank canvas of 7 acres. Maybe its just me, but there just seems to be so much potential when you have this kind of space. The question, however, is what can one do with an acre? Our ambitions are high but will we really do anything we think we will? Will the 7 acres really change life at all? Here’s the list of some things that we think we will be able to do differently once we move.
1. Spread out. Our yuppie yard is about as small as they can come. We made the best of it but can’t wait to have a yard that could be called an expanse.
2. Play. We can get a dog. We can hit a baseball…as hard as we want. Racing around the yard would actually wear us out. We see tree forts, worn in tracks for biking, tire swings, and off road vehicles.
3. Grow. Our little yard in the city can barely pump out a few cherry tomatoes. The rhubarb did ok and we got 8 grapes (not clusters) the first year. We can’t wait for the things we can grow in our new yard. Of course there’s the chance that our problems growing were never a result of anything but lack of skill. Time to hone that skill!
4. Host. We can’t wait to have people come and enjoy the space with us. From big fireworks to burn piles, space allows for some new options in the social front.
5. Build. I’m not looking for a trash heap but hopefully there can be some projects in the yard. I don’t have to pass up a pile of free barn wood that I could use for some projects because I will finally have some space to store it.
6. Hunt. I’ve never hunted an animal in my life. I’m going to though. I believe there is something we really miss out on in the circle of life when we fail to ever attempt “harvesting” our own food.
Overall, I think life is less about circumstances and what you make out of them. It doesn’t take a big yard to really do any of these things, but it does make it easier. These are the kinds of things we want as major parts of our lives instead of minor. These are the kinds of things that will bring out what is naturally in each of us. Mankind isn’t supposed to live in a stuffy neighborhood with controlling forces saying what they can and can’t do with their space. Those who do have forgotten about the way nature was given to us as a gift for us to extract from and take care of.
While others choose to stay in crowded neighborhoods that say you must have windows on your garage doors, you can’t dry your clothes outside and you cannot keep the animals that were given to us as life sustainers, I will be enjoying playing guitar on my back porch with a rifle by my side waiting for supper to walk across my yard.