"2 am. 2 brothers. They've been up since 4 am. The 14-year-old kid brother's planted 200 acres of soybeans today on his own.
The 17-year-old's bounced across fields all day, cultivating up a seed bed for those seeds.
Their Dad's still going on the home farm, out underneath a milk moon,
on an open tractor, eating dirt up and down the field, trying to get the
last of the corn seeds into the ground. When I took a warm bowl out to
him, his hands were bone cold.
And when the big
brother got caught in a bit of damp at the edge of the woods? His kid
brother hauled over to that farm and pulled him out in the middle of the
Their old ma drove
the pick-up out to check on her boys, stood in the dark and nodded them
on. Boy-men. Brothers. Gettin' 'er done with their dad. Doing whatever
it takes to keep the other one going, and get this crop in the ground.
People can say what they want about teenagers & boys these days. But there are more than a few good men.
There's a whole generation of young men who will go till it's done,
work 24 hour days till it's finished, give each other a hand so no one
get's left behind.
When you teach a kid how to work hard, you teach him how to work through whatever's hard.
The alarm goes here for these boys, and their sisters, again at 4 am, hogs needing to be fed.
And we will get to it all over again."