Often times those of us blogging about agriculture get criticized for continuing the stigma of “romanticizing” the farm life. When my last post went literally viral and made it onto the Huffington Post. I had a few people who criticized my sunshine outlook on farm life. The truth is, they are right. Sometimes we do romanticize farm life. Want to know why we do it? We do it because if you don’t find that shiny silver lining in the small things in farm life… well, your life would be pretty darn miserable from time to time.
Let me tell you something… those of you who are far removed from the farm life, the rural life, the ranch life… It is hard. Sometimes living the farm life hits you square in the gut, right where it hurts. Sometimes things happen that are like an ice pick straight to the heart.
Bad things happen. It rains when you don’t want it to, it doesn’t rain when you want it to. The wind blows 100 mph when you don’t want it to breaking and snapping corn stalks. Mother Nature is unpredictable and relentless. She can yield cruel and devastating consequences for farmers and ranchers alike. Crops burn up, get flooded, are ruined in hail storms. Even worse, we’ve experienced the consequences of Mother Nature for an entire state when natural disasters strike. The ranchers in South Dakota will be recovering the devastation of this latest freak snowstorm for years to come.
Equipment breaks down and much like your car, it is costly to fix. Even worse, equipment that is necessary to harvest crops catches fires and burns to the ground in the field. With rising prices of land, high feed costs, and operating costs on a continual rise, farmers extend their credit with the bank well beyond what they can ever pay back. Some may even be forced to file bankruptcy.
Across the entire nation, on a day to day basis, you are bound to find some farmer out there having the day from hell.
So, we do what anyone else does… We find the silver lining. We find comic relief. You know those things where sometimes all you can do is laugh because if you don’t laugh, you will cry..? We have those moments too.
So what is the silver lining…?
The silver living is realizing the intricate beauties of the wide open spaces all around us.
The silver lining is continuing on a family legacy and teaching our children the value of hard work and perseverance.
The silver lining is realizing how far you have come from when you started with nothing.
The silver lining is remembering the hard times you’ve been through, how you weathered it through, and this too shall pass.
The silver lining is realizing that you aren’t alone in your struggles. That you’ve got a whole group of people out there who have been right where you are right now.
For some, maybe the silver lining is remembering you’ve got a forever partner by your side… An equal who shares the same hopes and dreams as you do.
It’s the memories of those silver lining moments that remain forever engraved upon on brains. It’s the passion we have for those silver lining moments that get us out of bed in the morning and give us strength to face another day.
There are so many silver linings to be found in life on the farm.
Tell me… what is your silver lining?
To read more about me, visit my About page. To read more about farming… visit my posts on harvest, planting, checking fields. To read more about how a California girl met and married a North Dakota farmer, check out my posts about our modern day love story.