If only I could live in a hobbit hole. “Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.”
There’s something about hobbits. Elves, dwarves, and humans certainly have their virtues, and hello – Eowyn. But it is hobbits who seem to have found the secret to beautiful living. They work hard for their food and their families, but not overmuch. They work TO live – in their snug, beautiful hobbit holes, singing songs, dancing, having families, eating well, and altogether loving and enjoying life.
They don’t seek after great riches nor power, they just want to live their lives happily, simply, and in peace. Can you imagine the beauty of the world if we all strived to live as hobbits? And while of course there’s always exceptions (cue those sour Sackville-Bagginses), they’re generally kind, good-natured, jovial, steadfast, loyal and brave. And if you’re the lucky sort – you’ll even find yourself on wonderful adventures. Though I would argue that creating a beautiful, happy life is certainly one in itself.
And while our life is nowhere nearing the picturesque, incomparable splendor of the shire, it is filled with its own hobbit-like simplicity and beauty despite its imperfections.
- In the daily work of crafting our home into a peaceful, happy haven & center of our world
- In the laughter and squeals and songs of my own little hobbits
- In the way we eat and eat and eat all the tasty (and hopefully healthy) meals we make
- In the way we love adventuring, but enjoy making it home in time for naps
- In sinking our hands in the earth as we grow our little garden
- In singing and making up our own little verses as we dance about the house
- In our leathery, furry feet. Hehe. Jokes, our feet aren’t leathery. 😉
Gandalf found himself continually astonished at how good, strong, and brave they were, even in the face of powerful evil, despite their somewhat soft and simple upbringing. “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.”
I, for one, do not find myself surprised. When a person KNOWS where they’re from and where they want to end up, when a person has LIVED simple goodness, NURTURED love and friendship, and KNOWS what makes a beautiful life – they possess a confidence and a will that is not easily shaken. So here’s to hobbits – and here’s to growing to be more like them.
In our pursuit of comfort and adventure and those hobbit-ish things, we are the Boffins. Mr. & Mrs. Boffin with our little Rosie and Meriadoc (or Merry). And if we’re very lucky, we’ll even start to hear shire theme music as we go about our day. Until that wonderful day, I suppose we’ll just have to press play.
I hope your day is filled with love, singing, and a little good-tilled earth.