Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Considers a Field

One of the biggest reasons I am putting myself through the agony of law school is that I have a deep desire to return to the land. I am a rancher at heart, and as much as I love our nest in the suburbs, I long to have some acreage where I can have a few horses, a large garden, and maybe even a milk cow. I want to live on a tiny farm.

Problem #1.
My husband, The Chef, is from New York, and he thinks Denver is a small town. He does not share my desire to live in the sticks. He'd be happy living on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, just a half an hour to Denver.

Our compromise? When I'm a big fancy lawyer pulling in a big fancy paycheck, we'll find a house with a few acres in Boulder County, a close drive to town-- close enough we could ride bikes if we wanted. This makes The Chef happy, and thinking about owning land with a view of the Flatirons makes me happy. And think, my Baby Buckaroo will know the joy of riding across the meadows on his horse before breakfast, and learn the responsibility of caring for animals. I want him to be a quasi-farm kid.


Problem Number #2.
Land with a house and zoned for horses close to Boulder is prime real estate in Colorado. The Chef's job and my position as office staff at a fancy private school doesn't really put us in the jet set.

Problem Number #3.
Getting a law degree in this economy does not equal great job. With the current glut of law students, down economy, and not very many positions currently open, there is no guarantee. And well, I'm not exactly in the top 10% of my Law Class.
But I'm hoping, by the time I graduate, my 8 years of professional work experience will make me stand out from the crowd of doe eyed law school graduates who've never worked more than a summer at Starbucks. I hope that employers will look at my resume and see that my writing experience, the fact that I worked full time throughout law school while raising a family will get me in the door for an interview.

There are no guarantees in this world. I just want to work towards a better future for my family. 
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16

I'm participating in a 31 Day Challenge to Change my World.
What am I doing for 31 Days?
Spending it with the Proverbs 31 Woman.
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1 comment :

Michael said...

I grew up in a rural area in the UK and, like you, I long to get back to my roots... eventually.

Like you say, nothing's certain, but with hard work and a good dollop of luck, things might just work out very well!

It gets tough playing the 'long game' sometimes though...



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