10 signs you grew up on a farm

By Julie Tomascik

Growin’ up country offers the biggest playground. Of fields that stretch for miles, open skies and backroads just waiting to be explored.

Farm and ranch kids take it all in. And grow a fond appreciation for independence and quality time with family.

Kicking up dust and learning life lessons. It comes with the territory. And a knack for finding trouble does, too.

It’s a childhood unlike any other. But there are a few things that come standard with it.

Here are 10 signs you grew up on a farm:

10. Someone needs directions? You use landmarks and fields. Not streets.

9. A gym membership? What for? You know no gym will ever give you the same workout as hauling square bales does. Sore for days!

8. The weather. You always talk about it. Even though you can’t control it. And it’s always either too wet or too dry. Always.

7. Cow-tipping. You know it’s impossible. End of story.

6. The summer help. If you’re a girl, your whole world could change depending on who daddy hired to work that summer. Hopefully he was a cutie!

5. The dreaded phone call: “Cows are out.” Well, there go your plans.

4. You plan events around planting and harvesting. A wedding? Birthday party? Check your list twice and your date three times!

3. Baling wire. It’s the solution to just about any of life’s problems.

2. Loyalty runs deep. Green or red. It’s like picking a team—Aggies or Longhorns. You’re affiliated for life!

1. Thirsty? You drank more water from a hose than from a plastic bottle. And it tasted good!

It’s life on the rural route. You can’t imagine growing up anywhere else. Knowing where your food comes from. And playing a role in providing it.

Julie Tomascik

Associate Editor
Texas Farm Bureau
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2 Responses to “10 signs you grew up on a farm”

  1. now ya know that there at least a hundred more Like “You can get out of school to haul hay”or “If you need directions you aint from here” and “if you gonna be out and about you don’t need a lunch or store.[cause you know where the berry vine are and who is growing Damators and where the best water is. a well,creek,or hose] and last of all you do know what a damator is. Its cousin the tomato comes from a store and taste like wood. hope you enjoy these. cute story keep em comming

    • Julie Tomascik says:

      Oh yes, Bill! There are plenty more to add to this list. These were just my favorites. And you can add: You have more caps than you know what to do with from seed reps; you can drive a clutch; and the county fair is considered the social event of the year. Plus a whole bunch more!

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