Sunday, September 6, 2009

What Made You Move?

9th grader: So where do you normally like to go on vacation?

Me: We like mountains! We normally go places such as Montana, Alaska, Oregon, West Virginia, or Washington; anywhere we can hike and be away from people. We aren't really big into beach vacations.

9th grader: Did you like grow up on a farm?

Me: Yeah sorta.

9th grader: So then what made you move to Jackson township?


First off, I still don't know how that conversation went from vacation talk to farms in one sentence but the ending made me cringe as much as laugh. I then explained to her that YES I grew up in Jackson (and in fact STILL LIVE on the same street as I always have). Just one drive down our street and you can see dairy cows, giant pumpkins, turkeys, chickens, pigs, peacocks, goats, 4 barns, tractors, and much much more. She must not get out of her little bubble often. LOL.

Youth of today just don't really have a concept of local history. Only one generation ago, this township was nothing but farms. No mall, no Strip; just a small farming community. Well today there is less than one dozen farms left. Definitely more multi-million dollar homes than cows. I feel lucky to have grown up the way I did. It is my goal that my kids grow up in a similar way someday. In the meantime, I will continue to try to educate the youth of this community!!


Lanny said...

Good for you!

Down On The Farm said...

The youth of today have missed out on so much. Most kids don't know anything but Wal-Mart and a mall and a grocery store. They have no real concept of where food comes from, how important home and family are. They are blessed to have a teacher like you to show them the way!