Participating in a small way in the lifecycle of these animals gave me such an appreciation for both its fragility and its persistence. I had to learn about life and death, symbiotic relationships, steeping in poop, and the art and sometimes mystery of composting and herding cows. He realized that he knew much more about the men whose names decorated the stones than the women, even though those women toiled right alongside their male counterparts. I was convinced our farm, for some reason only an 8 year old could imagine, was going to be bombed during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I mean, lucky for us, not a bad image to have, but there is much more to us for sure. That being said, I was always proud to be rural.
Annalee. Age: 30.
Oh, but what should pull her out of that funk?
Joselyn. Age: 26.
Farm Pop: On Farmers’ Daughters
An enormous thank you to all the women who took the time to write to us about their experiences growing up on the farm. That being said, I was always proud to be rural. I think that being raised on a farm is something to be proud of. And aside from the occasional crop failure or locust swarm , it paints a pretty appealing picture of rural girldom — Laura is fundamentally kind-hearted but also kind of a bad ass.