Letter: If you want to teach your kids farm values, consider 4-H or FHA programs
Dear Mr. Marcil Jr.:
On Aug 19, you wrote an opinion piece about how farm kids are better than city kids.
While I don't believe any one child or person is "better" than another, I'm also inclined to agree with you (despite my obvious bias having grown up in rural North Dakota).
Nonetheless, I thought I'd answer the questions you posed at the end of your piece so you wouldn't have to lay awake at night still pondering the answers to these excellent questions.
When do you decide to wash your pickup? When you don't know what color it is anymore.
Why do you wash your pickup? Because we develop a pride in the things we own since it was bought with money from our hard work and sacrifices.
Do you ever get tired of the sunsets? No.
Does it ever get too quiet? Definitely not.
When your 12-year-old daughter wants an Ariana Grande with an extra pump of bubble gum flavoring from Starbucks, what do you do? Tell her she can have one next time you get to town. It'll teach her patience.
When your 23-year-old daughter from California comes home and you run out of organic toilet paper, where do you get more? The leaves on the bushes in the tree rows out back are as organic as it comes.
I want my boy to be a better person than me, so I think he needs to be raised on a farm. Any takers? How 'bout my 12-year-old daughter? Haven't known a farmer to turn down free labor yet...
In all reality there are a variety of great ways to learn about agriculture and instill the values farm kids grow up with without moving your family 40 miles from the nearest Starbucks. Look no further than the FFA and 4-H, both great youth organizations that were instrumental in crafting skills that I use to this day. Thanks for your great questions and the appreciation of the great people rural America produces.
Hall lives in Beach, N.D.