This video was emailed to me by my mother (who grew up on a farm in Iowa), having received it from her brother (who is 'retired' on his ranch in Nevada). It's a slideshow of farmers in Canada set against one of radio broadcaster Paul Harvey's typical segments, "So God Made A Farmer."
Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster for 50+ years. You might remember him for his "The Rest of the Story" program.
I have a great love and respect for farmers. I always thought of my mom's parents as farmers, even though they'd moved to the suburbs of L.A. just before I was born. You can take people off of the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the people. It always felt like Marie and Papa's house was a farm house - like they just picked it up and moved it to California. My mom's apartment feels kind of like that, too.
|Justus & Marie Larson (Marie and Papa)|
and my border collie Marrakesh.
I may not be a farmer, but next time around I'm not going to spend my entire life in a city, as much as I love L.A. I think that even having grown up around 'farm people' has made me a more self sufficient, down to earth human being, and I'm grateful for that.