Hard Lessons from Life on the Farm

white pigThis past week after several days of 100 plus heat and drought we awoke Saturday morning to find one of our new pigs dead. This was a tough sight for our kids to see as they had grown fond of the little white pig.

These are the hard lessons learned as we live life on the “farm.” The kids learned another valuable life lesson about responsibility, vigilance, the need for watchful care in stress conditions and how one day on the farm can mean life or death.

As hard as this lesson was, once again, experience is the greatest teacher. They will know for the future to take these situations very seriously and ensure proper care is given.

For our remaining pig, they have learned now to check on the pig throughout the day during these hot days and spray him down with cool water to keep him from overheating. They have also learned to ensure plenty of cool fresh water is available for drinking.

It was a sad day. Not only did we lose the pig and the expected meat, but also the money invested. However, the lesson learned was invaluable.

What valuable lessons have your kids learned on the farm?

Larry Braley

About Larry Braley

Blessed husband to a wonderful, virtuous woman and father of five, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Raised on a midsize farm in the midwest during my childhood and early teen years. Moved away for several years to live the corporate life. Glad to be back in the country raising my family, teaching life skills and developing our mini-farm.
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