Saturday, September 06, 2014

Tractor Appreciation Day

I'm becoming more and more convinced that we need to attend these shows not merely to support the club and the exhibitors but to appreciate the hard work and the heartache of farmers then and now. The evolution of machinery is remarkable and makes you realize how much truly back-breaking labour went into farming.
And I highly recommend getting into a conversation with an "old timer". Listen closely to the stories. They are important. Listen to the language, to the words used. They are unfamiliar, they are lovely.
This is part of the history of our civilization and the more urban we become, the more grocery-stored we are, the less we appreciate the well-constructed, still-chugging-along foundation on which our urban grocery stores are built on.

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