I can’t believe how quickly my perspective can change. As I write this it’s ten degrees and sunny outside. And it is the most incredible beautiful day. Just a few weeks ago, 10 degrees would have been ridiculously cold. But the extreme cold snap with wind chills causing -35 degree weather suddenly changed my view.
Most of Texas had no heat for over 24 hours and people died. In most of northern Hamilton county and in town, we had no rolling blackouts. I had heat and my pipes didn’t freeze. More blessings.
It also reminds me of needing to be more prepared. On the whole, farmers and ranchers seem to have that attitude already. Generators are checked in the fall to prepare for winter. They make sure there is extra feed, bedding, and water.
During this time of extreme temperatures, they were out breaking ice several times a day, taking newborn calves into their homes or pickups to warm them up. They put blankets on horses, warming lamps on their livestock and worried through the night if a rolling blackout would kill their animals or freeze their pipes.
I also think of the emergency workers, the linemen, those who had to look after their families and the community at large.
As I look to the weekend, temperatures are forecasted to be in the 50s. I think what an amazing gift that is.
I look back at my life when I ate Ramen noodles with a 25 cent can of tomato sauce, lived on a borrowed futon, and fought my way to a better life. I have respect for that too.
But this is dedicated to the dairy workers, the farmers and livestock producers, the parents teaching their children how to prepare, work hard, and push through.
I am not discounting the military servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for us or the doctors and nurses who save lives daily or anyone who fights hard for their dreams.
But sitting on Main Street, USA, in the middle of the country, my view is of the ones who give so much to the land and to the care of their animals.
It is with great respect and admiration that I say thank you.
And to the young girl in New York City who didn’t understand any of this, I am proud of her too. She had the courage to grow and learn.
Is farming perfect? No. But it is impressive and like anything else, it evolves and grows.
But the work ethic, the care and respect, that stays strong and lasts for generations to come.
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