A farmer's life is filled with paradoxes. Most of us truly love animals and respect them as God's creatures. Yet we fully understand the gravity of the inevitable too. Farmers feed hungry bellies and there is pride in the hard work that makes that happen.
When I was a little boy back in Indiana we would wake up in the morning and turn on the AM radio to listen to the "Hog futures." No, really, that's what they call them. The current selling price and the market forcast. Ialways thought that was a strange thing to call them because as far as I knew hogs had no future....bacon is not a career.
So, I find myself often caught in a conflicting emotional struggle. Then...I saw this photo. My wife had no idea that any one was looking...she was as she always is...just being herself.
The end result of any one's life is the very same inevitability, we can't change that. What we can do is make every effort to change how we treat one another each and every day.
I have always thought of myself as a "farmer" who struggled with inner conflict. It turns out that I am actualy the owner of a large "petting zoo" where the residents get as much love and attention as possible when they are with us. I have a new motto: Hug a farmer, but don't forget to kiss the cows..
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