Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Fence

Here is the new fence The Boys were working on...


The Boy,at 13, is a  pretty good welder! One of the many many skills his Daddy has taught him! We believe in teaching our son to be a man while he is growing...not waiting until he is 18 then expecting him to know how to be one! I almost feel a rant coming on here...I have noticed how few boys my sons age  have any"manly" skills. They don't know how to do basics like maintenance on a vehicle or basic plumbing or electrical or basic manners like holding the door for older ladies or anything but facebooking or my-spaceing....grrrr! I guess we are just old fashioned in our beliefs but I think people are hindering their sons by not preparing them with basic  manly life skills...OK, rant over!

 I don't know how all this lovely grass grew in this field with hardly any rain...




The other side of this field dips into a sort of ravine and then has a lovely ridge on the other side. You can see how far it starts to drop off at the edge of the grass by noticing the white tips of the fence post sticking up!



The folks on the road behind us have a great view of this ridge..you can almost fool yourself in to thinking you live in the mountains! Unfortunately for us the only view we have is this one  and you can only see it coming up the driveway! That is hardwood forest growing on the ridge so, if we get the right temps, we sometimes get lovely Fall color over there...well... good  Fall color for Texas anyways!

13 comments:

Verde Farm said...

I couldn't agree more. The texting and facebooking, etc. is all many kids do today. Manly skills are gone. I am sure your boys will be much more prepared for adutlhood and make great husbands and great men. Good for you all!
Amy

texwisgirl said...

LOVE that you're teaching your son 'manly' skills. God bless you for it! Wish more folks these days still did...

And I love the soft grasses in the field. I'm always amazed when our hay field grows when we've had little rain too. :)

Lin said...

I'm with you on the rant (that really was a quiet "rant"!) about teaching your son skills for adulthood. I don't think it is only sons, but all of our kids! I see a lot of adults shaking their heads at the kids behavior at the high school, but I say they have not been taught any different. How do they know to stand for the National Anthem and take their hats off if no one has taught them that?!

We were at a Jr. High the other day with the band, and the principal at the school told the audience of kids that they were to "Sit straight, give eye contact to the performers, and clap with enthusiasm". I loved that. She told them what was appropriate behavior for a polite audience. They've got to learn somewhere!!

Good job, Mom!

Sharon said...

Great rant! I hope it touched a few mothers out there! It would be my rant too - you just beat me to it, LOL!

Have a great weekend!

wayside wanderer said...

I've noticed how many MEN don't have manly skills and it sure is a real shame.

the wild magnolia said...

The fence, a job well done, by father and son.

Teaching your son manly ways, how to be a man, be courteous and self sufficient is admirable. He will take his place with ease and the process of working and being a responsible man will not be a shock. Good job Mom and Dad.

Always a pleasure to visit. Thanks for commenting on my last post.

Happy Texas day to you!

Pricilla said...

Good for you and good for your son!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Not having children, I've never made a parenting mistake so I can give a lot of advice, and so I will agree with "Pricilla" good for you and good for your son!! :-)

Teresa said...

I love the way the grass looks, and that fence is awesome! What a great father-son project.

Jabacue said...

Yes, kids nowadays are learning very little. Makes one wonder who is 'calling the shots'.
Don't you just love grass pictures. I do!
Jim

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

a handy 13 year old.... now thats a rarity
good for you!

polly's path said...

I totally agree with you, and may I join you in your rant and add the same about our girls who know all about facebook and highlights and manicures but have no practical skills? I have made it my job to include my 12 yr old in everything I do at home. I love that your boy is so handy. It's our job...

Kelly said...

It's a great reminder! Our son is just 5, and sometimes I don't take the time to show him things because it's easier to just do it. We do involve him in tasks quite often though. He's learning to fill the water buckets for the goats and close the hen house doors at night. Sometimes though when we ask him to do something that he doesn't want to do, he tells us he doesn't want to be our slave-only funny AFTER it's done. LOL

Will that grass get eaten by any of your critters?