Here’s to the Farmers!

23 Jun

I must admit that my husband is sometimes the butt of jokes due to his past history of being the (9th) offspring of a farmer, growing up on a farm, or even just being from Nebraska, a state largely populated by farmers.   I often laugh along with the jokes, and he seems to take them well, probably because we all know that farmers are really the “salt of the earth.”  Where would we be without all the farmers?  Hungry, that’s for sure.   And my husband learned many wonderful lessons growing up on a farm, such as not to tease a baby pig when the mother is around.   Or, maybe the more important lessons of diligence, the value of hard work, putting the needs of others (even pigs) before your own, patience and working as a team.

I think Flaubert appreciated farmers too, if this quote is any indication:

Where indeed, is to be found more patriotism than in the country, greater devotion to the public welfare, more intelligence, in a word?   And, gentlemen, I do not mean that superficial intelligence, vain ornament of idle minds, but rather that profound and balanced intelligence that applies itself above all else to useful objects, thus contributing to the good of all, to the common amelioration and to the support of the state, born of respect for law and the practice of duty…

Here! Here!   A toast to farmers.   (And a big “thank you” to my own “farmer” and the family that raised him.)


Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Madame Bovary



5 responses to “Here’s to the Farmers!

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    June 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I just read that part this morning. Nice post.

  2. Jeannette

    June 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Thanks, Adriana! Oh, and for anyone interested, that sign my “farmer” is standing in front of is located at Greenfield Village – a place you should definitely visit if you are ever in the Detroit area.

    • Christina Joy

      June 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      We just went this week, and I heartily second Jeannette’s advice – it’s an unbelievably wonderful place!

  3. Steph (@FABR_Steph)

    June 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I grew up in upstate New York where there are dairy farms on every hill and in every valley. The majority of my classmates were children of farmers. This is a great post. Cheers to one of the hardest working and family oriented groups of people I have had the pleasure to know.

    • Christina Joy

      June 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, too. (Nope, I didn’t know Jeannette’s husband, although NE is small enough I think people are totally justified when they ask if I know some other Nebraskan.) It’s true, those farmers are men and women to honor.


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