What do I hope to find over the rainbow?

This one tickles me in particular because I am from Chapel Hill NC and could have easily written this essay if we hadn’t moved to WV.

I guess I’ve always wondered what this phrase means. Does it mean where I wish I was? Where I hope to be? Is it a wish for something special to come along? It is a “grass is always greener” type of deal.

I think, listening to the famous song by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz, I see Rachael and I’s dream coming true. A flat, green piece of property, wild and warm. Lines of tea plants fresh and ready for picking in June. An early fall breeze whipping through high grass. Women putting their hands to the Earth to toil the dirt and their emotions and coming up clean and refreshed.

Rachael and I have a dream. We want to own a transitional living farm where we teach women grow, harvest, and process tea. We want to provide a holisitc living environment and a safety net for women trying to return to society after recovery because we believe detox and recovery isn’t enough. You need social skills, occupational therapy, and to rebuild internally.

Over the rainbow for me, waiting at the end is leaving my life of Facebook, and event calendars, and working every day in the Earth, supporting those around me, and making real changes. It’s watching out tea change West Virginia for the better and our businesses being known for making an unbelievable product. I want to go there.



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Candice Shea Maxwell

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