Apple Annie’s (from Hiro)

 “Sometimes I get lost in the journey and lose sight of the dream, the prisms cloud over and I cannot manage the stresses of the unknown.” —Laurie and Wayne Loosigian’s meditation

The Apple Annie farm sits by the pebbled road, the small rooster pen placed adjacent of the house, and two yurts hide along the corner of the property. We cloud around the yurt as Emma, the youngest daughter of the Loosigians, explains to us how she and her husband lived in the yurt for a year before they got the baby.  The larger of the two yurts was around 20 ft in diameter, wooden support beams, and a hardwood floor.

The yurt’s appeal to me is not because of its insulation (which, wrapped in bubble wrap, is not too efficient) but in its simplicity. The yurt held only the essentials— a bed, a heating stove, a drawer, and a night stand. When summer comes along, Emma and her husband prop up the top of the yurt to let the heat travel out, and have a vent from the ground that brings in cool air. 

Seeing simplicity reminds me of an assembly speaker,Vijay Govedarajan, we had a couple weeks ago. He said “The largest advantage of the U.S. is that it is rich. It’s greatest weakness is that it is rich.”When we think of wealth, we sometimes forget about the bare necessities, the most important parts about that we actually need. It’s arguable that a yurt provides more than bare necessities, but compared to the life we currently live where most of us have eclectic types of toiletries, more shirts than we need, and endless need for unnecessary decorations, a yurt is refreshing to look at. 

Some days, when I walk out into a place I’ve never have been before, I look but don’t see. When I first came to Apple Annies, I looked at the red farmhouse, the garden in the distance and the rows of apple orchards that surround the house. What took a while for me to see were the small pink flowers budding from the apple orchards, the small tic that lay on top of the blade of a grass, or the swift dive of a bird in the background. We go around place in nature and sometimes try to look for the key parts that stand out, and miss the other small trinkets that nature provides us on its stage. Some of these moments are far and few, but when I see them, I can’t help but smile. 

-Hiro Kuwana

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