As I take a few minutes to sit down at the computer this evening I think back to the past year and all the hard work that the hubby, the girls, the young man who works for us and myself have put in. For many farm and ranch families a years worth of work boils down to one day, sale day. For us that is tomorrow. The money is not why we do what we do, this not a job that you get rich doing. So why do it then? What follows is a list of some of the reasons I have come up with over the last three years.
1) I can let my girls run free in the yard and around the house and I don't have to worry about them being safe.
2) My hubby is fourth generation working this ranch and we want to be able to see the 5th and 6th generations working that same land.
3) Where else can a husband, wife and the kids all work the same job at the same time and spend as much time as they want together.
4) There is something about the only rush hour traffic jam is cows laying on the road when you are trying to get the kids to the bus stop in the morning.
Lastly, there is just something satisfying and comforting looking out from your porch and seeing the land where generations before you have come and gone, worked, loved and grew and know that you are part of that continuing story that even after you are gone the land will still be there providing for the next generation.
What are some of the reasons why you or your family are involved with agriculture or somethings that you have realized over time. I look forward to reading others thoughts.