Old Farmer’s Advice

Old Farmer’s Advice:

My brother Terry shared this with me and it’s worth adding a few photos and captions. We moved away from our grandparent’s farms when I was 6 months old and all through high school we would pay a few visits a year to spend time with Norman and Eloise’s parents. Life on a farm was quite the experience in our childhood. We’d help out on occasion when we weren’t terrorizing the animas or breaking things.  Needles to say, we were able to experience how Norm and Eloise were raised. From milking cows to plowing fields to scouring the chicken coupe to bailing hay to hoeing fields to riding alongside in the combine and sitting a top the hay wagon, it was quite the eye opener. Up every day at 5 AM, 24/7/365.  Not like these days for most right?

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

    Kreuz farm

    The Jacob and Melvina Kreuz farm 1969 arial view

  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t just happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
    Okuley Farm
    The Lester and Mildred Okuley farm 1965
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don’t interfere with something’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every morning’.
  • Good judgment comes from experience and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinking’ you’re a person of some influence, try ordering’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and enjoy the ride.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just shoot you!


Norm Tractor.jpg

My dad on our farm tractor getting ready to groom the beach in Angola 2008

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