The other day I was looking through photos sent to me of Grandkids doing things at home, school, and sports. WOW, they are busy. Mom driving them to school, little league games, school plays, to play with friends, to One Direction concerts, to Broadway plays, and helping with homework. – computers, cell phone, video games ……
Then, I encountered a web site called – “Images of farm chores.” WOW did they bring back memories – – They documented the life of our family and me growing up in the 1940’s! How the world has advanced.
I thought I would download a couple of “Images of farm chores” photos – hope they do not mind. You will see why I have to run hard just to keep up with the new way.
You see, when I got off the bus I grabbed a bowl of cereal and headed out to the barn or field to participate in farm chores until supper time — maybe 7:00pm. –No computers, no cell phones (or any phone for that matter), no video games ……No little league games, no sport practice, no special lessons, no school plays (did have church plays at Christmas), no One Direction concerts, no Broadway plays, and the best thing — not once did we do home work – well maybe twice – but not often.
Could be my sister
4H calf grew and went to the 4H show at the county fair
At a young age we were trusted with machinery – Most of the time we kept our fingers out of choppers, grinders, and gears. Once my brother did not and once my sister did not – but that is another story.
We carried hot water to the barn to thaw out the watering trough so the cows could drink
Dad always had us sweeping — then he would not say a word, pick up the broom, and re-do it right!
I was always caring for a 4H calf
I did a lot of this — but never had such a fancy shirt and we “men” did not wear shorts!
Feeding chickens was always women chorus – Mom and sisters –
I got tired often — but shorts again?
We learned very early how to drive tractor
Looks like my sister — not the calf – the young lady
1948 – our one new tractor — I still use this tractor on Drummond
Here I am using that 1948 tractor on Drummond in 2013.
In the winter, we often built snowmen after the milking was done
My cousin and I had lots of hay fights
Could be my sister
I always said I could think like a cow – and I talked to them – but horses I never understood. – learned a little about them last summer from my friend on Drummond – and of course Perla help teach me.
My first haying job – driving the team to load hay — We only had a team of 2 horses – Dan and Mabel
We always had puppies to play with – but never in the house! – Animals in the barn, people in the house. Bye – I wish you a great Thanksgiving.