Today is officially the first day of summer break for our family and to celebrate in style we initiated our kids (and a neighbor kid) into a farm kid tradition that is as old as time…
Well, this isn’t the first time our kids have picked rocks but as a parent I have to say that I think this is the first time we’ve managed to pick a whole field without any meltdowns and actually get some work done! Even if the girls managed to put more “pretty rocks” in the cab of the backhoe than they actually picked… Picking rocks is character building and a great workout for your arms and legs.
Growing up I lived in the country, but after 2nd grade I no longer lived on a working farm. That didn’t stop my parents from teaching us all about hard work though! Splitting wood all summer long, working with our 4-H animals and having to stack wood in the basement for an hour when friends came over before we could play. Then there was baling hay and picking rocks with the neighbors.
The best part was always building forts in the hay mow and getting to climb up the bale elevator to the loft. The not so fun part was always how HOT it was and taking a shower after baling hay was a painful experience if you forgot to wear the right clothes.
My good friend growing up was so upset about picking rocks she always swore up and down that if she ever married a farmer he would be required to own a rock picker! **She didn’t end up marrying a farmer**
So to celebrate getting our work done today the kids are getting to relax and watch a movie this afternoon, Farmer is out spraying corn for weeds, I’m about to tackle the mountain of laundry and tonight we are taking the kids 4-H goats to get tagged for the fair.
** Stay tuned for that rodeo!
What are some plans you have for your family this summer?