Every November we gather with our families, cook extravagant meals and reflect on all we have to be thankful for in life.
There’s something special about a holiday devoted to appreciating the unappreciated.
To me, the most under appreciated people in the world are parents and farmers. I was blessed with two remarkable role models who embraced the challenges of both.
I’m so thankful to have been born to parents who farmed.
I know my parents could have spent their hard earned money on other material things but instead they embraced the challenges of investing in the farm because they knew that was an investment in their kids.
How so? Because all the work on our farm is done as a family.
When we were younger, it would have been much faster for my mom and dad to feed the cows by themselves but instead they always found a way to include us.
My siblings and I became Daddy’s “go-fers,” stacking empty feed buckets, carrying his fencing pliers, counting the cows to make sure they all came up.
Mom would pack a lunch and we’d all have a picnic in the back of the old brown farm truck, take a short break to throw rocks in the pond and then head back to work.
As a child, I often complained about farm chores and all the early mornings and long days spent caring for our cattle.
Now, I realize that my parents were teaching me hard work, responsibility and to be a part of something bigger than myself.
I can’t think of a more noble task than feeding the world.
I’m so thankful for my parents and the thousands of other farm families who are dedicated to passing that tradition onto their children.
Don’t stop with your parents, thank the farmers and everyone behind your food on Thanksgiving and every other day of the year.
Share your thankfulness on your facebook, twitter or with a kind word to a local farmer.
Each American farmer will feed 155 people this year. Now that’s something to be thankful for!