I'm quite often asked "What is the best part of being a farmer?" For me, this is a very easy question to answer. You see to me it is all about my kids getting to see and work with their parents and grandparents each and every day. Now I don't mean to imply that every day is easy, but with family by your side, it is always better.
This past weekend our family held an open house for our newly built pig barn for our neighbors and local officials. I was so proud to see my kids so excited to talk about our family farm with all that attended. Big Sissy even did the official welcome and introductions. I may have had to nudge her to do it, but she wrote her own remarks.
Over the weekend, Little Sissy had a homework assignment where she had to write about who and how she could help someone. The first thing that came to her mind was helping her dad on the farm. As a farmer, it really doesn't get much better than that.
And with the Super Bowl last night, Bubby reminded us that he didn't know if his NFL career would work with farming and that he might have to pass on the NFL. We assured him that if the NFL called, we would be glad to manage the farm for him.
To me, there is nothing better that having our kids be so involved with the farm. Their love of the farm is genuine and one that will hopefully continue to be passed down for generations to come.
This is the best part of being a farmer.