#TBT: 12 THINGS I LEARNED GROWING UP ON A FARM

[Originally posted December 1, 2014]

  1. “If you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” I know this is a pretty common saying, but that is also a very solid piece of advice on a cattle farm.
  2. Being sick might get you out of school for a day, but it rarely gets you out of chores.
  3. Hay bales are significantly heavier than straw bales.
  4. The “Circle of Life” is more than just a great song from The Lion King; it’s also a lesson that all farm kids start learning very early in life.
  5. Hard work is not an option. And when that hard work starts paying off, it is so much more rewarding than something you didn’t have to work for at all.
  6. “Curiosity killed the cat.” Again, a common saying but also a very literal lesson on the farm! (See “Circle of Life” in lesson #4.)
  7. You can fix just about anything with duct tape, twine, and a little imagination.
  8. “The difference between getting a job done and getting the job done right is usually about 5 minutes.”
  9. Anything after 7 a.m. is “damn near noon” and it’s in your best interest to get out of bed before that time. Besides, the animals eat before you do, so if you want breakfast you better be out in the barn bright & early!
  10. Respect. The farm life teaches you respect for so many things. Respect for animals, respect for the land, respect for Mother Nature, and respect for others.
  11. You will have to tell your friends over and over again that cow tipping is not a real thing. (See lesson #1. It’s not a good idea, people.)
  12. Resilience. Farming a’int easy, my friends. The success of your farm can greatly differ from one year to the next. But we always keep on truckin’ because we do what we love and we love what we do!

rsandersonRosalie Sanderson

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