Lessons Every Farm Kid Learns While Growing Up

Lessons Every Farm Kid Learns While Growing Up

You either lived on a farm or you wished you did.

Growing up on a farm is an experience unlike any other. Any person who has been lucky enough to grow up on a farm or work on one understands that agriculture is not easy business. It will knock you down quicker than you can imagine but will raise you back up onto your feet with the promise of a new season with all new possibilities.

As a farmer's daughter, I saw first hand how challenging life can be at times but, the importance of never giving up and doing something that you are passionate about. Because I witnessed the struggles of farming at an early age, it became pretty obvious to me that I was different from other kids. I may not have had the chance to go on vacation every summer, had any video games, or had the opportunity to hang out with friends whenever I was bored but I still had a lot of other things. I had an abundance of pets, tractors and four wheelers to ride whenever and wherever and family that was always close by. The things I had made me feel fortunate. I was fortunate to have unique experience and learn unique lessons that only a farm kid will understand. Here are some of the lessons I've learned from growing up on a farm.

1. You learn to be an early morning riser and morning person.

Two choices were offered to you each morning. One, you could get out of bed peacefully without hearing your parents tell you that it was time to wake up. Or, two, you waited silently hoping that they would forget to wake you up so you could sleep in a little bit. But, as the years went on, you realized that it was easier to simply wake up when the sun began shinning through the window because you had work to get done. And now, waking up early is simply a habit and mornings are a time of peace and quiet that you cherish.

2. You learn that free-time and weekends are nonexistent.

Farming is not a 9-5 job. It is a from dawn until after dusk kind of job that is done 365 days a year. However, when there is some free-time (which is mostly on Sundays) naps were the most common activity in my family.

3. You learn to love the outdoors.

There's nothing better than fresh air and the view of a corn field as it grows.

4. You learn that there are two kinds of people: International Harvester or John Deere and Ford or Chevy.

In the country, trucks and tractors are so much more than a means of transportation. These two machines are a means of expressing oneself and a way to create friendships or rivalry whichever the case may be. But, in all honesty, there is no competition because International Harvester tractors are simply the best.

5. You learn responsibility and teamwork.

Farming isn't a one person job; therefore, the more people helping to get a job done, the better it is. Plus, the weather will only cooperate for so long which makes it crucial to work together with other people and get the work done within a timely manner.

6. You learn how to help other people without expecting anything in return.

As previously mentioned, farming isn't a one person job so helping others when they are in need is key to not only their success but also your own. Also, you never know when you might be the one who needs help.

7. You learn where your food comes from and believe that the food that you produced will always be better than anything store bought.

On a farm, the cattle are raised by you and your family from the time the animal is born until it is fully matured. You know exactly how much grain it was fed verses grass, how frequently it went outside and if the animal had been treated with any antibiotic. Or, you plowed the ground and planted that field of sweet corn and watched it grow daily. Nothing tastes better than something you worked hard to produce and watched mature.

8. You learn how to care for animals and after awhile see them as a part of the family.

9. You learn that no matter how hard you work, something will always go wrong and it will usually be during harvest or planting season.

There are many times I watched my dad leave early in the morning to go milk cows then jump in the combine to get the crop off before the weather changed. It never failed though, no matter how hard he pushed to get the crop off before the rain or snow set in, the weather drastically changed or the combine would break down not only once, but twice, and maybe even three times. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly something can go from good to bad to worse in agriculture.

10. You learn to think that the strangest things smell good.

Two words: corn silage.

11. You learned to drive at an early age and can now drive anything.

Learning to drive a tractor was probably the first thing most farm kids learn how to drive and gradually move up the ranks from a small utility to a large articulating tractor and eventually cars and large trucks. In other words, whether the machine has two, three, four or six wheels you can and will drive it. Also, standard or automatic transmissions don't matter, you can drive either confidently.

12. You learn to appreciate agriculture and have the utmost respect for farmers.

Agriculture is not for the weak or for those who can't overcome hard-work and challenges. A farmer is someone who works 16 hours a day because they love the work that they do. Let's be honest, without the crops that farmer's produce, there would be no food to support the increasing population. For that reason alone, farmer's need the respect of all people. Not the treatment that they typically receive which is looked down upon.

There are many lessons that I learned growing up on my family's dairy farm which shaped me into person I am today. I will always be thankful for the way I was raised because in the midst of having fun, I was creating lasting memories and learning life lessons. I am proud to say that I am a farmer's daughter because as Luke Bryan once said, "You either lived on a farm or you wished you did." Well, I was one of the lucky ones to have experienced a childhood unlike any other. Even now as I sit in my dorm room many miles from home, I often find myself wondering what I could be doing at home right now and counting down the days until I am back on the farm again with a shovel in my hand.

Cover Image Credit: Alexandria Gourley

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History


Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

sited: https://www.landofbasketball.com/teams/milwaukee_bucks.htm

Gear Up


This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)


If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks


Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk


Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌


I think Giannis would agree!

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