John's Word on Weddings
May 02, 2011
***Editor's Note: Below is a transcript of John's commentary last weekend (April 30-May 1) on U.S. Farm Report followed by viewer reaction...
DESPITE THE MYRIAD URGENT AG TOPICS I COULD ADDRESS THIS MORNING, I'M GOING TO WANDER OFF THE RESERVATION TO COMMENT ON THE "WEDDING OF THE CENTURY". I CAREFULLY WATCHED ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF IT WHILE I WAS EATING BREAKFAST. WEDDINGS HAVE BECOME A FORMIDABLE INDUSTRY AND WHILE I WONDER ABOUT THE EXTRAVAGANCE, THIS IS NOT A DIATRIBE ABOUT OVERBLOWN CEREMONIES. IT IS MORE OF AN APOLOGY FROM ONE MARRIAGE VETERAN TO YOUNGER SINGLE PEOPLE. SOMEHOW WE HAVE FAILED TO BOTH EXPLAIN AND DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF THIS ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT TO ANOTHER PERSON TO PROFOUNDLY CHANGE LIFE FOR THE BETTER. WE HAVE POKED FUN AT OLD MARRIED PEOPLE - AMONG WHICH I CERTAINLY FIT AFTER NEARLY FORTY YEARS IN THE RANKS. WE MAKE JOKES ABOUT THE MONOTONY AND LIMITATIONS OF MARRIAGE, EVEN AFTER WE HAVE LEARNED THAT HUMANS ARE ACTUALLY BE HAPPIER WITH FEWER CHOICES. I AM AFRAID AS WELL THESE TIRED JOKES HAVE TARNISHED THE MORE ACCURATE PICTURE OF MARRIED LIFE. PERHAPS WE SIMPLY ARE EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT HOW MUCH MORE WE BECAME AFTER WE BECAME A PARTNER. SO AS THIS MARRIAGE SEASON BEGINS, I WANT TO WISH THE PARTICIPANTS WELL AS THEY BEGIN WHAT IS LITERALLY THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. ABOVE ALL, AS I WATCHED THE SOLEMN MAJESTY OF THE SERVICE FROM WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL, I WAS REMINDED THIS DEGREE OF CEREMONY DID NOT BECOME CUSTOM BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD ECONOMICS. WE MAKE THE WEDDINGS SPECIAL BECAUSE, WITH EFFORT AND DEVOTION, THEY CAN LIFT OUR LIVES HIGHER.
#1: Hi John, I have never been a farmer but had uncles who were back in the 1950s so I remember being on the farm a few times. I do have an 8N tractor that I use to mow weeds on our 3 acres a few times each summer. But I am a retired electronic engineer and my wife and I well be married for 40 years next month. The Farm Report is on at 5:00 AM here in Colorado Springs and we watch it every week. We appreciate your value system that comes through on the program such as your comments on marriage this week. Your comments brought tears to me wife’s eyes. Our marriage is truly a partnership that has gotten better through the years especially since we semi-retired and moved from California to Colorado. We enjoy Baxter Black every other week because of his down to earth, folksy, solid values. And we like the country church salute every week. Do you have any idea of what percentage of farmers attend church on a regular basis? We would hope that it would be higher than the national average which isn’t too good. We wish your program all the best for many more good years of reporting on the status of farming and ranching. We have learned so much about farming and world wide economics by watching the Farm Report. Keep up the good work.
Dave and Lindy Powell
#2: Just a note to say the commentary on marriage was just awesome. Wish everyone in the world could’ve heard it. Thanks so much. Nancy Harris, Madison, FL