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From my family to yours,
By Al Batt
She looked at the rock. She remembered picking rocks alongside her husband. It was the day he was trying to teach her how to drive that old tractor, the WC Allis Chalmers, more than 10 feet without killing the engine. Picking rocks was not for sissies. It was hard work under a blazing hot sun, but it didn't matter. They were young, very much in love and so excited about their future on the farm. They had so many plans.
She looked at the rock and though she thought she had no more tears to shed, she cried. She wanted to go back. She wanted them to go back. She realized now that that had been living -- something he must have never forgotten.
The rest of the family began to carry boxes filled with his possessions to the car while his wife sat in his office and held that rock. She sat for a long time. In that rock she could see herself and her husband as young newlyweds and wondered why life had chosen this course for them.
Is there anyone who doesn't know an ex-farmer? They are everywhere. It is tough to make a living with 160 acres and small equipment. Farms are getting bigger and bigger. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Opinions differ. A small farmer has a bad year, followed by another bad year with prospects for more of the same. Farming can be a happy life, but happiness can't buy money. Maybe with our government so far in debt, money won't be around much longer anyway?
Farming offers its share of peace, independence, solitude and of course, stress, every job's partner. Farmers talk about having to "get a job" in order to make ends meet. It is not a happy time when the decision is made that another job is required in order to support a farming habit. This is more than a mere complication in one's life. Working in town can lead to a complete change of occupation. Work ethic, innocence and honor all grow well from the soil. Good families have been the true bumper crops produced by the farms of this country. I hope we never reach the point where we find these things to no longer be a necessity in our lives.
It is a shame that we cannot all do what we want to do in life. Call me a romantic, my wife will disagree with you. We compromise. We don't farm, we garden. We can't help it, we were brought up that way. I remember when I was a small boy helping my father milk the cows.
"Farms are nice, Dad," I said. "But they sure don't have much of what you can find in the city."
Dad's reply was, "Thank the Lord!"
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