Growing Up A Farmkid

Growing Up A Farmkid

If only the rest of the world could see life through our eyes.
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Growing up on a farm is one of the best ways a kid can be brought up. From learning a variety of valuable skills such as responsibility, kindness, determination, and hard work, to discovering new and more adventurous sources of entertainment with playing on hay bales, riding horses, and playing out with the calves. There are just some things that only a kid raised on a farm will ever understand and will live their lives wishing more people could experience life the way we see it. There are just some things you only comprehend if you grew up as a farm kid.

1. You ALWAYS have an exit strategy.

You never know when you have to jump over a panel or two in order to escape a mad mama cow or bull.

2. You are always hyperaware of the "hottest" spots.

Being shocked one too many times by hot wire will do that to you.

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3. Taking the "scenic" route home is just another way to say you are going to check fields.

We tend to learn that little trick early on.

4. Every tractor, combine, or other machinery has a special "trick" to it to get it to function.

Although... we are told its the insurance policy so nobody will steal it.

5. Everything can be fixed with a little duct tape and WD-40.

And I mean everything.

6. Don't take anything personally when sorting cattle.

I don't think I need to really explain this one... but if I do... let's just say it goes a little something like "$@#%^ *&$@$$ #@%$#@ you *#&%&@&% if you'd just %@#%#@ listen!!!"

7. There is no such thing as a day off.

Not even on the holidays.

8. It's not even remotely disgusting to have a calf suck your fingers.

In fact, it's pretty much the most adorable thing you've ever seen.

9. Table manners have never been a thing.

And let's be honest... this never works out well for any of us in the dating scene.

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10. Family meals out in the middle of a field is normal in the summer.

Even if it is rushed and your fork becomes a shovel because "you have to keep the combine running" during harvest.

11. You constantly wonder about child labor laws.

I mean really... there has got to be some kind of law against pulling rye and sweeping out grain bins in the triple digit heat.

12. Jumping on hay bales was the best form of exercise.

Especially when you get a group of friends to play tag.

13. The bond between a show steer and a farm kid is undeniable.

Even if they did drag you across the pasture one or two times.

14. And when they did drag you all you could hear was you dad's voice saying, "Do NOT let go!".

Because that, of course, was more terrifying than a few rope burns and grass stains.

15. You have an undeniable love and respect for all animals.

Most of your childhood even consisted of trying to sneak them into the house or nurturing the occasional orphan kitten (or a skunk you thought was a kitten).

16. You can't ever make plans.

You are constantly telling your friends, "I can't, I have to help my dad." And of course, they constantly think you're just being flaky.

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17. Unless it rains.

If it rains you suddenly get the day off and you call/text everyone in your friend group trying to desperately make last minute plans. Mudding anyone?

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Cover Image Credit: Turek Farms

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18 things all college kids think during their first week home of summer break

Because it's so nice to be home, I think?

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1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"

*Snoring*

"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:

Mom: "HOW DARE YOU LEAVE THIS HOUSE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION! YOU LIVE UNDER OUR ROOF AND WILL ABIDE BY OUR RULES."

*Asks*:

Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?

Probably.

*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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5 Reasons Why Random Roommate Selection Is The Best

I didn't choose my roommate and you shouldn't either.
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There's a lot of emotions when it comes to moving away from home for the first time. One of the main differences is you'll now be sharing a tiny cider block lined room with a stranger. Most schools give you the choice to choose your new roommate, but personally, I think it's better to go random and here's why.

1. It saves your time.

You’ve just made possibly the biggest decision of your life so far: deciding on a college. You’ve also probably just joined your university’s accepted student Facebook page and maybe joined a couple of GroupMes. All of this can be kind of overwhelming, especially when you’re on a deadline to find the perfect person to live with.

My advice would be to eliminate this unnecessary stress from your last few weeks of High School. Enjoy your final few days at school and all the excitement that comes with graduation without spending time reading numerous posts of people advertising themselves to potential roommates.

2. You’re definitely going to meet other people.

Your roommate will most likely be the first person you meet at your new school, but they aren’t going to be the last. Those first few weeks are gonna be full of new introductions and trying to remember people’s names. Eventually, you are going to meet your own group of friends, whether it’s in a new club or organization, other people who live on your floor, or even your roommate.

No matter what you will find your place on campus.

3. There’s no blaming yourself if something goes wrong.

It’s completely normal to want to be friends with your roommate right away, but sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. There’s always a chance that the two of you will bond right from the start, but sometimes it takes longer than expected and that’s okay too.

Maybe you’ll have the picture-perfect college friendship you see in the movies right away, but there’s always a chance that friendship never comes. However, since you didn’t spend hours of your time searching through the numerous posts on Facebook trying to find someone who lined up right with you, you don’t have to blame yourself.

However you two were matched up it wasn’t thanks to either of you, so no matter how the year goes, you can keep your conscious clear.


4. Remember you both went random.

So you’ve been placed with some other random human for the next nine month of your life. But remember your new roommate is in the exact same position you are. You’re both far away from home and don’t know anyone here, or at least anyone well enough to room with them.

Whatever the reasoning may be you both chose the same school and decided to let the fate of your roommate be placed in someone else’s hands.

5. Lastly, it’s your choice.

Whether you choose to go random or not it’s up to you. Neither guarantees a successful freshman year or a new best friend. In the end, it all depends on how you want to find your roommate and that’s a personal choice.

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