Did you know this week is National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week? If you’d like to write a letter to a farmer, rancher, parent, grandparent, etc… we’d like to feature it here on our blog! Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll also throw in a special gift for taking part!
Today’s letter comes from Susan Parrish of Edenton, NC:
Growing up on a farm was one of the best things that I have ever experienced. We raised corn, peanuts, cotton, soybeans, wheat, rapeseed and about 150 head of cattle in a small rural town in Eastern North Carolina. I used to think life was unfair when I was little, being the oldest of 5 children, I felt as though I had a lot of responsibility. When my friends were running the streets, I usually was home helping on the farm, whether it be preparing the next meal, helping you with the cattle, or driving a truck or tractor. At the time, I thought it was punishment but now I realize these days were teaching me a major lesson in life. You taught me to love the land, hard work, respect, honesty, and determination. When school was out, our friends were playing, watching TV, and hanging out. We were scouting cotton, chopping peanuts, working in the garden, hauling hay, moving cattle, or just helping with equipment. Mom would be in the kitchen cooking 3 meals a day as well as helping you around the farm. She was one of the best non-judgmental people I know. We lost her way too early, but she had raised 5 children and helped you with a successful farming business.
After mom passed away at age 50, you stepped up to the plate and took things over as well as kept your business going. Now you and my brother are partners in the farm and have a very successful business going. We all still help when needed and that will never change. Being part of a family farm, I believe is one of the best things that anyone could go through. It has blessed us in so many ways. I appreciate all you have taught me and through all my ups and downs you have been there 100%. You will help anyone in need, will give the shirt off your back. You are one of the greatest people one could ever meet.
Susan L Parrish