Write about what you know they say…..
Growing up on a farm shaped me in ways I didn’t realize at the time.
Seeds were planted that didn’t germinate until years later.
Like when you have to borrow your neighbors tractor make sure you top off the gas tank before you take it back. And if by chance, something breaks, you get it fixed. Take it back better than when you got it.
Everybody thinks that way, right?
Found out a few years ago, that is not always true.
We invited a young person stay with us for three months, a musician who was trying to get their bearings. We didn’t have a spare vehicle, so I put the word out amongst my people to see if anyone would have a spare loaner car? Well, a few months turned into almost a year, and when it came time to return the car, our guest was incredulous that I insisted we needed to take it to the shop to get some things fixed that had started to act up.
What was I thinking? Our guest didn’t have any extra money, plus that was a risk my friends had taken when they originally loaned the vehicle out.
Absolutely no way my guest was responsible for any repairs on that car!!!
Wasn’t going to happen.
They looked at me like I was nuts.
I moved to the farm when I was 9.
Left the summer I graduated high school and didn’t looked back….until 19 years later…
At that point, we were in middle of raising a family of our own, things were not going to well. We decided we needed to find a place in the country, even if we had to rent, to regain control of our lives.
I’ve spent several weeks again this winter, working on our family history. I’ve got most of the important names and dates established, going back 4 generations and in some cases, multiple generations more. My next goal is to flesh it out with stories. That’s probably where some of the stirrings for this post came from.
Several of my ancestors were farmers.
Unless you grow up on a farm, you probably never gave much thought to what it is like to milk a fresh heifer (fresh heifer = young female cow who has just had her first calf) by hand? Especially when it’s fifteen times your weight, has no interest in getting milked, because it has a case of mastitis.
Can you say RODEO?
Ever had an old rooster come after you? Not sure about other animals but a mean rooster can sense if you’re afraid. Chickens really do have a pecking order and the rooster is usually @ the top of the flock. Depending on the bird, they may either try to fly up into your face and peck you, or grab you by the leg and rip you with his spurs.
I tell them to bring it on.
Roosters are like bullies. You just have to let them know who is in charge. It’s all about boundaries.
Dad and I with three of his roosters.
All three of them came after me that day.
Well, I feel a nap coming on.
Definitely did not learn the art of napping growing up on the farm…just the opposite.
“Better is one hand with quietness, than two fists full, with stress and the chasing after the wind. ” 3000 yr old proverb.
I have a couple of stories about buffalo I want to write about next. We raised them until the bull got loose.
Brother and I back in the day holding a couple of farm cats