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.
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
More "30 Days" farm blogs
Looking for more 30 Days goodness? My Generation has friends and we're all blogging a "30 Days" series in November. Check out what these farm bloggers are talking about this month.
Beyer Beware: 30 Days, 30 Things You Never Knew About Food
Black Ink: Beef's a Trip - 30 Days from Gate to Plate
Confessions of a Farm Wife: 30 Days of Life on our Farm
Le Jardin da ma Vie: 30 Reasons Why I Love Being a Farmer's Wife
Go Go Bookworm: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Kelly McCormick Photography: 30 Days of Thankfulness
Pinke Post: 30 Days of a North Dakota November
Go Beyond the Barn: 30 Days of Farm Life Blessings
Rural Route 2: 30 Days of the Not-So-Glamorous Life of This Farm Wife
Touching Families: 30 Days of a Town Girl Touched by the Farming Life
This Land, This Life, This Farmer's Wife: 30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm
Farmgirldays: 30 Days of Farm Kids Trapped in the City
My Cows and Pigs: 30 Days of "What's that?"
Dennis Olmstead: 30 Days in a Row
White House on the Prairie: 30 Days, 30 Posts
A Colorful Adventure: 30 Days of JP