A round of applause (please)
He (or she) who said “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life” was most definitely not a farmer. Have you ever looked up the definition of work? It’s really quite eye-opening. Excepting the articles, I suppose, it has to be one of the most used words in the English language. And most of its many uses apply to the farm in one way or another. Work on, work out, work off, work over. Mostly, we just work…hard. My father once famously said of the farm, “everywhere I look I see work!” Behind the scenes, off the grid (metaphorically speaking, that is), out of sight, out of mind. Day after day, we toil away here in Millers Creek, which may as well be Belarus, and we might as well be Belarusian snake milkers (you do what? Where? Huh?), for all the understanding we engender from the uninitiated (which, of course, does not mean ya’ll reading this since you are obviously very in tune with what happens here). In that vein, I have to propose a national holiday. No, no..don’t get all panicky on me, I don’t mean that we, the farmers, are going to take a day off. I mean that I propose that this Wednesday be national “give your farmer a round of applause day”. Maybe if everyone did it, we could even hear it way out here in Millers Creek! I promise if you do that, we’ll quit patting ourselves on the back and get back to work.