It’s hard to explain….

I grew up in Waco, Texas which is about an hour and a half from College Station, home of the fighting Texas Aggies. There is no doubt in my mind, that after my two years in the good ole’ 67042, I am headed down south to Texas A&M University, where there is said to be a “spirit that can ne’er be told”. Just walking through campus you can feel it – the traditions, family, home. A&M has a slogan:

“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it”

Today it is 2 degrees in El Dorado, Kansas with a wind chill of -30, there is snow falling at a rapid pace, and has been for a few hours, hence the 4 inches of snow on the ground! My roommates and I live a few miles out of town, so we have very few neighbors, and many pastures full of cattle surrounding our house, and even about 100 head of feeder calves in our “backyard”.

As I was sitting in the den catching up on some homework, I noticed something outside our window. The rancher who owns the calves behind our house was out in this atrocious weather taking care of his cattle. He was putting out extra hay, scooping snow out of the feed troughs and pouring feed, chopping ice, and analyzing every calf to make sure there were none getting sick. Every American in this country would love to stay inside on days like these and watch the snow fall outside their window. From the outside looking in, many people don’t understand why farmers and ranchers do what they do day in and day out. But from the inside looking out, we can’t explain it.

There is a relentless and unequaled drive within the men and women of agriculture that propels them to provide and care for their stock. The passion is indescribable.  Growing up on a farm, it is ingrained in your values and beliefs. Farmers and ranchers know that protecting their cattle now, protects the business for future generations.

So bring on the snow, bring on the blizzards and negative temperatures. Because, we will be there.

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3 Comments on “It’s hard to explain….”

  1. hannahmccabe Says:

    Great post, Emily! I also love the quote and how you related it back to the farm.

  2. Awesome post! Farmers and ranchers have to work hard to feed the world no matter what the weather is like. The office never closes for us.

  3. martha garrett Says:

    Great post Emily!

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