They were strangers that we’d only emailed but never actually met. We knew where they were from, their approximate ages, and that they were interested in learning more about farming. But that’s pretty much it.
This summer we had the pleasure of living with Seth and Tarah- a married couple that participated in the Polyface internship. Since there is no co-ed housing at Polyface (and usually not interns that are married), we offered to have them live with us. Why not?! What’s the worst that could happen? We’d never met, we’re both newly weds, and we had to share a kitchen, laundry room, refigerator, pantry, etc…You get the idea.
Well, it was definitely a gamble! We were hoping and praying that we’d get along, have something in common, and actually be able to LIVE together…but we did. All of that and more. Not only did we just “get along” with Seth and Tarah, we really became great friends! I feel like Tarah is a friend that I’ve had my whole life and that Seth is like a brother.
It seems like just yesterday that their white truck drove up to our house, but this morning that same white truck pulled away and we had to say “goodbye”. I really hate saying goodbye, so to lessen the emotional blow, I just say “We’ll see you soon”, “Call me when you get there”, or something short term that doesn’t make it feel so finite. So, in the meantime we’re praying that we’ll get to visit Seth and Tara this winter and be able to continue to farm together next summer.
God has been so good to bless us with amazing friendships when all we were hoping to do is tolerate each other. And for that we are thankful!
In honor of their last weekend together, Seth and Buddy decided to go rock climbing (one of Seth’s hobbies…Buddy, on the other hand, had no clue what he was doing). They had an amazing time and here are some pictures I took of them before they left…they look crazy, I know…