We all know that dairy life is hard. It is trying physically and mentally. Especially right now with the milk price.
I have been quite sick the last week and a half. For someone busy and used to being out in the barn a lot, this has been killing me. I can only do so many dishes and loads of laundry before I start going nuts. But I have to say this is the best part of working in such a family oriented business. When we need help, everyone is there to support us, help us out and build us up.
My parents and employees have been helping me greatly with my work. My mom has been bringing my husband and I dinner. They genuinely care about my well being and making sure that I get fully recovered.
This philosophy is so true for all of agriculture and rural communities. When we have a tragedy, our neighbors and friends come and help. They help fix whatever is broken. They help heal whoever is sick. They help finish the work that needs to be done.
They do it out of the kindness of their hearts and because they genuinely care about everyone's well being. This is not common throughout the world and I think we often forget it. There are so many beautiful things about the rural, farming lifestyle. The support of our friends, family and fellow farmers are one of the number one things.
I cannot tell you how much is lifts my heart to see neighbors helping move cows after a farm's parlor burns or their barn is destroyed in a tornado. Or what about neighbors helping to harvest crops when a family member dies or milk the cows while someone is sick and fighting for their lives. These things just don't happen everywhere. But they happen here. In rural America.
It is the end of National Ag Week. We have talked about our safe, nutritious food supply. But what about the love we grow and share? The children we teach to have compassion for animals and people? These are the things that demonstrate who we really are.