FENCE ROWS–A Barbed Wire Metaphore of Relationships



Fences have disappeared from the Midwest prairie.  Farm style evolved into far and wide and unobstructed–all the better to plow and combine.When the barbed wire fences of the flat-land prairies came down, the negative consequences emerged.  Errosion became more of a problem as wind-cutting tree lines and fence rows disappeared.  Wildlife also suffered as fence rows provide natural cover for nesting as well as food sources.  In our attempts to fully-utilize resources, do we lose intrinsic benefits?  I see a metaphore of inter-personal relationships emerging…  Boundaries are a good thing.   Fences DO make for good neighbors.  Boundaries define expectations and enforce personal space.  Fences define responsibility.  Clearly, everything on my side is mine to maintain.  The grass on the other side is none of my business, whether greener or uncut.  I love fences–their security, their garden beauty, their definition.  

But all my fences have gates, and they swing both ways.  GARDEN GATE


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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