Boulder native Rosemary Campbell discusses growing up on a Boulder farm during the 1940s and 1950s. Her education began at a country school and progressed to Casey Junior High and Boulder High; she recalls cultural differences such as playing softball in the country, whereas in the city, there were no teams on which a girl was allowed to play. Campbell remembers the day-to-day experiences of living on the farm: from the early days without electricity when her family sat around the kitchen table reading by the shared light of a kerosene lamp, to acquiring phone service that was shared by twelve families; from the chores that she disliked – gathering eggs and butchering – to the chores that she enjoyed – driving 100 head of cattle by horseback across US 36 up onto Sugarloaf Mountain. She recalls the intimate learrning about the life cycle that occurs when one grows up in the presence of animals; living with the inevitability of death as an integral part of life. When asked what our modern society may have to learn from a girlhood spent in the country, Campbell mentions the modern lack of quiet and the current rarity of appreciation of just being, of reclining on a hot day under summer trees, content with doing nothing.
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