On the farm, my grandma was the “Jack of all Trades.” She didn’t have a specialty, she could do it all. She was the by-hand cow milker and separator, egg picker, packer, and chicken feeder, gardener, cook and baker, tractor driver, caretaker, active church member and mother. You name it and I guarantee I saw her do it at least twice.
I hadn’t been back at the farm since my grandma passed a few years ago, so a load of emotions filled me as I parked and got out of my vehicle. So many things have changed and equally, stayed the same. From the outside, there was still the majestic red barn with the amazing view, the chicken coop where she saved me numerous times from mean roosters, the corrals, and the old tractors. Upon walking in the house, it was like going back in time. I was still in high school and coming in for hot dish lunch with homemade buns and raspberry jam and dessert of either baclava or raspberries and fresh cream from the morning milking.
We tend to get selfish and think of ourselves and our memories, especially as kids head off to school. Another generation of a farm family has come and gone. I hadn’t stopped to think about all his own memories my grandpa must have on that farm. The kids he raised with my grandma and farm hands they mentored together. After four generations, the farm lives aren’t the same and the changes for him are huge. Much of the land is rented out and another farm family is using the pasture for their animals.
For many of us, fall brings us into a new season of life. The beginning of a new school year and the finishing of a crop and livestock year. Endings and beginnings bring a lot of mixed emotions to our lives.
Embrace all the seasons in your life and your memories each and every day. No matter what age we are, someone is looking up at us and observing everything we are doing. Grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, hired hands, 4-H/FFA leaders, church elders, and so many others will impact our lives and our children’s lives going into this season of life. Respect them, love them, be kind to them, and most importantly…THANK them. They might not know the impact they are making in you or on your future.
My grandparents, just by doing- not so much by words, made me who I am. How my grandparents treated me, each other, or anyone they encountered showed me the importance of Faith, Family, and Farming-in that order, no exception. That’s something I myself and we all need to strive for these days.
“One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming, “ Morgan Harper Nichols
Carie Moore is Vice-Chair/Dist. 4 rep on the NDFB P&E Committee. She is active in organizing women in ag events, local leadership, and youth education. She works full time for her county Soil Conservation Dist. and farms with her family.