30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Relationship

My Generation

Day 22: Why the farm nurtures relationships, and especially across the generations.

Published on: November 22, 2012

If you'd like to see my children get super excited - or maybe start fighting - mention the chance to go ride in the tractor with Mr. Jerry. Or go fishing with Mr. Jerry. Or do just about anything with Mr. Jerry.

Mr. Jerry ("Mistew Jewwy" in Nathan-speak) is our neighbor and seasonal farm employee. Jerry loves to run a tractor, and so that's what he does in the spring and the fall. Early on, Nathan discovered that riding with Mr. Jerry was great fun because A) he sings songs, B) he talks nonstop and C) he carries clementines and Sunchips. What a deal!

Mr. Jerry is good to our kids, and they love him in return. He takes them fishing, and indeed, for a good stretch prior to kindergarten, Nathan's ideal day was feeding his bottle calf in the morning, riding with Mr. Jerry most of the day, then knocking off early to go fishing with Mr. Jerry. If he just could've gotten out of making his bed, it would have been the perfect life.

Big catch. Big day. Big friends. Big excitement.
Big catch. Big day. Big friends. Big excitement.

These are the kinds of relationships we like to see our kids have. And they're the kind we like to forge with other young people, too. Two of our nephews have worked for the farm over the years, which meant John has been able to spend time with them and mentor them (my word, not his) in a way he never would've been able to otherwise. There is something about working side-by-side that fosters that sort of relationship. You see each other at your best, and at your worst, and you see how they handle both.

Certainly, you can foster these kinds of relationships outside the farm, But there's something about a farm that makes it so very easy. It's why so many of us remember times in the tractor or in the field with our grandparents, or bumping along against the window of the XT with dad.

And on this Thanksgiving Day, that's something for which we can be very grateful.

 

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

Day 18: Kid Love             

Day 19: Straight Rows

Day 20: Antibiotics

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