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Farming is Tough but Offers Important Lessons

By Marie Morris 

I’ve noticed a lot of changes in our society lately. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s just the heat making me grumpy, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between those of us who farm and those who don’t.

Life is all about choices, and for us, farming is a passion that becomes a part of us. It’s a privilege to choose this lifestyle, but it also comes with its own set of challenges.

Not too long ago, most families farmed or at least grew their own food. Air conditioning and running water were luxuries that many households didn’t have. We live lives of luxury now — even many of us farmers — but at what cost?

The other night, I was coaching my daughter’s softball game in 89-degree heat. As I swatted bugs and felt sweat rolling down my back, I couldn’t help but think, “I could be doing hay right now.” Farming in the heat is tough, but it’s something we get used to. Watching my 6-year-old daughter hustle across the field to tag a girl at third base despite the heat reminded me of the importance of resilience. She turned to me and said, “Momma, it’s hot,” then went right back to playing ball. In contrast, another girl on the team was struggling with the heat, and her mother laughed it off, saying, “She can not function in any type of heat!”

This made me realize that while the long days and short nights of farming can be tough, they teach valuable lessons. My kids are with us doing chores, working with us, or playing outside during all the extreme temperatures so for them, enduring these hot temperatures is much easier.

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