30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Kid Love

My Generation

Day 18: Why our kids love the farm life, and why that makes us happy, happy, happy.

Published on: November 18, 2012

Very, very rarely, my kids have said things like, "If we lived in town, we'd get to play with our friends all the time." To which I say, "Yes, that is true. But you wouldn't get to have calves, or bottle babies, or a rabbit, or four wheelers. You wouldn't get to go help Dad do chores. Or ride in a Ranger. Or in a tractor. Or walk over to Grandma's. Or ride your bike all the way down the road."

And then they nod, and the momentary troubles of country isolation give way to the greater good. And I make a mental note to invite their little friends over more often.

I don't think I overstate when I say our kids love the farm. They love the space, the quiet, the solitude (usually). They know they have advantages here, though they don't believe cleaning out the barn is one of them.

One of my very favorite shots from about four harvests ago, little Nathan waves to our farm employee and his favorite person, Mr. Jerry, as he clutches the remainder of a pork chop sandwich.
One of my very favorite shots from about four harvests ago, little Nathan waves to our farm employee and his favorite person, Mr. Jerry, as he clutches the remainder of a pork chop sandwich.

Someday though, I really hope they'll know how very fortunate they were to grow up out here. Meals in the field, neighbors in tractors, afternoons spent riding in the combine. It's good stuff. Plus a couple lessons along the way.

 

The archives: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Kickoff: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Day 1: Working Kids

Day 2: Biotechnology

Day 3: Harvest Eats

Day 4: Church

Day 5: Biotechnology, Again

Day 6: Long Haul

Day 7: Hormones

Day 8: Weather

Day 9: Milk

Day 10: County Fairs

Day 11: Harvest

Day 12: Technology

Day 13: Show Ring

Day 14: Leave the Farm 

Day 15: Dialogue

Day 16: Store Grain

Day 17: Love

 

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