I just finished listening to Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech to remind myself of his incredible ability to inspire positive change in the world. What is even more incredible about him is that he did so without complaining about the problems, but rather elevating people to a higher way of thinking and painting a picture of what he desired the world to look like. Listening to his words brings tears to my eyes and when I hear it now, I’m driven to take it even farther. I want everyone to be hand in hand and sit at the table of life together. I have a dream of taking his speech beyond race and religion and applying it to all of humankind, regardless of social status.
I challenge myself to look in to the eyes of every person, particularly homeless people or those asking for help. They are human, just like me. We are no different. I challenge myself to do what I can to help others in need and shine some light into the darkness.
How about we take it beyond humankind and we also hold hands and stand on equal ground with Mother Nature and even animals? What if we extend this passion towards our treatment of the planet and the animals around us? What if we are kind to every creature, great and small? I challenge myself to be kind to all creatures on this Earth. Maybe I will start by giving my dog and nice belly rub. Perhaps I will bring some needed supplies to an animal shelter or volunteer my time. Imagine a world with fair treatment of animals. I’m not even sure what that looks like. I don’t even know if we know how to treat animals fairly or what that means.
With every act of kindness we permeate the world with a little light. It will spread because it is contagious. All we need sometimes is a little reminder of what’s most important in this life. Each other. All creatures. Our home, Earth. Let’s love each other with all of our hearts. Happy Birthday MLK. Thank you for shining your light into the world.
Roloff Farm is owned and operated by the family that aired on TLC’s reality show Little People, Big World. Visiting their farm during pumpkin season, you will catch a glimpse of their creative wonderland that they have built. The pigs live in a pig house, part of which is made of straw, part is made of twigs, and part is made out of bricks. The goats live in a Gotel and they have a plank that walk up onto so that when the tractor rides through for the tour, the goats are up over our heads. They have a miniature town there with a barber shop, jail, bakery, bank, doctor’s office, etc. It is a play land. We were able to explore around this area a bit because the tractor stopped and let us off for a while until the cowbell wrangled everyone back onboard. There is a giant tree house that is built so that
the tree is able to continue growing uninhibited. If you are a fan of the show, you will catch glimpses of the TLC stars walking around the farm while you are exploring. Matt waved to us as we passed by on the tractor tour.
There is miniature golf, a massive haystack, a couple of slides, a tricycle race track (which I made a couple of loops on), and some giant slingshots with targets. The slingshots were a lot of fun for both kids and adults. I’ve only named a few of the many fun activities to do at Roloff Farm. This is definitely worth checking out with your friends or family. There are food carts and also beer and cider on tap.
Finish it off by picking out a pumpkin and getting something to eat on the way out. Their farm is located in Hillsboro, which is a short drive from Portland, and it is $14/person for everyone over the age of 2. However, that price includes the tractor tour and all activities available on site. We felt like it was worth every penny.
Once we got home, my husband, Kendall, and my son, Judah designed and carved the pumpkin while I roasted the seeds and we lit some candles inside our jack-o-lantern and snacked on the yummy seeds, simply seasoned with salt and olive oil. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.