This is the 97th year for my farm, first built by the initial inhabitant of North Ironwood Township, a Finlander settler directly from Finland. I have been thinking of comissioning an acrylic artist to reproduce this image on an address marker to go next to my main entrance at the north side of the farmhouse. This place has sheltered my heart and provided refuge during times of great distress.
“If I knew I was going to die tomorrow,
And Spring came the day after tomorrow,
I would die peacefully, because it came the day after tomorrow.
If that’s its time, when else should it come?
I like it that everything is real and everything is right;
And I like that it would be like this even if I didn’t like it.
And so, if I die now, I die peacefully
Because everything is real and everything is right.”
― Alberto Caeiro, The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro