In my opinion, there isn’t anything like growing up on a farm, even though the work was hard, money was nonexistent, and often times we went for periods of time without some of the so called necessities of life, life was good.
Even as a small child , I was expected to work, I remember driving a tractor when I was only three years old, and milking a cow when I was about five. I asked my mom for something from the store, she handed me a milk stool and a bucket and said that if I wanted it , I would have to work for it. The money earned was a nickel, enough to buy what I wanted.
My allowance always had work attached to it, there were no free rides and no self pity was allowed. Even though we were poor, we never thought of ourselves as victims, we were just glad to be able to earn a living and be free.
The people we knew who lived in town or the city were better off financially than we were, but I actually felt sorry for them because they didn’t have the life we had, the children didn’t have a creek to play in, they weren’t able to catch tadpoles, fish or hunt.
I could go outside at night and catch fireflies and see a million stars. I had cows and other animals I could enjoy every day. Many times, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, snakes and many other animals would be seen strolling across our yard.
We were free do do what we wanted , without some government bureaucrat telling us we needed a license or get permission from someone.
We raised our own food, both in the garden and on the farm. Our meat came from the livestock we raised and milked, we became accustomed to eating the cows we had milked for years or a young calf. Our cattle all had a name,we often jokingly said we were eating our friends.
Everything on the farm had to carry it’s own weight, the family dog had to know how to herd cattle and the cats better be catching mice. No free rides.
The work was hard, but we didn’t feel like it was work, it was just what we did. Eating fresh meat,eggs, milk and vegetables made it all worthwhile.
Life was good, if more kids had that life today, how many problems society faces would go away?
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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