On a farm, there’s ALWAYS work.
I try not to lose sight of the blessing that is for our family. Today, a snow day, it meant we could say yes when our oldest asked if he could go to work instead of going to daycare.
He’s had his eye on an expensive LEGO set and he’s looking for ways to earn a few more dollars for it.
So today, like a lot of farm kids, he will go to work. He will sweat a little. He’ll freeze a little. He will probably get hollered at a little and likely goof some things up.
More importantly, he will experience how good lunch tastes when you’ve been working longer than the sun. He will experience some pride in completing a job or two, and he will experience some frustration at failed tasks.
He will very likely learn a few things he shouldn’t, and hopefully a few things he should, from working side by side with Dad, Papa and Great-Grandpa all day. (Great Grandpa is really the one we have to watch.😉)
At the end of the day, he will walk away tired and dirty, but with a few more bucks towards a lego set that I’ll undoubtedly step on in the middle of the night.
And at the end of his childhood, built around days like this, he will walk into the world with a true grasp on the importance of showing up, working hard, and providing for himself and others.
“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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