Minnesota in March

The land where I grew up is loved by few.  Harsh winters, strong and never-ceasing winds, and nothing but flatness don’t make for “beauty” in most people’s minds.  But every time I return to it, I get twinges of homesickness, and I am thankful that God put me there.  Had I grown up on the ocean or in the forest or in the foothills of a great mountain chain, I don’t know that I would be able to bask in the beauty of a flat river valley and its tiny towns, each centered around a grain elevator or a beet plant.

I see beauty in the fields of golden grain, even when it’s dead.
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I find beauty in the shelterbelts, often the only trees for miles…
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…except for the occasional mavericks.
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I find beauty in the hay bales, sometimes stacked, sometimes lined up, sometimes randomly sitting all over a field.
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I see beauty coming at me for miles in the form of a shiny(?) semi.
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I see beauty in the train track that runs from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes and slowly rises on trestles.  Very old-timey.
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I find beauty in the seed companies and beet plants, even if I don’t enjoy the smells that emanate from within.
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I see beauty in small-town camaraderie, local businesses’ signs cheering on the local high school sports teams.
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I see beauty in a main drag that looks like this (and no one thinks it’s so very bad).
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And I, of course, see beauty in the sweet baby who (for the most part) patiently endured a 5-hour car ride.
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11 thoughts on “Minnesota in March

  1. Those sights are all familiar ones for me! I loved the drive to Fargo–so did our train loving boys!
    Anya is so, so sweet. Those cheeks! I just want to kiss ’em!

  2. I see many of those here at home! I love to see groves or shelterbelts in full bloom in the spring, and kissed by frost in the winter.

    I cannot believe how big she is getting!

  3. Familiar to me too. I love it too, and I needed that reminder as I wait for Spring.

    (I used to work at a grain elevator. I weighed corn and soybeans to check on their moisture. uh huh, tis true.)

  4. Oh I LOVE Minnesota. Hubby and I followed a job 14 hours from MN 6 months after got married – 13 years ago. We LOVE where we live, but I truly do miss Minnesota . . . it’s a beautiful place. And the water . . . water everywhere . . . oh how I miss water 🙂

  5. That main drag looks THRIVING compared to our main drag! I would love to poke around those streets for a day.
    (and this is how Canadian I am – I’m always briefly shocked to see non-governmental stores selling liquour. SHOCKED!)

  6. I was actually a little stunned at how flat MB was when the LG and I were there in Feb/Mar, but I am SO looking forward to some sweet, sweet prairie sunsets. 🙂

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