Editor’s Notebook: More Gratitude And Less Attitude

November 10, 2010 03:05 AM

The little spitfire daughter of ours has heard that phrase so many times that the words are etched on her heart. A sassy, strong-willed nature tends to mire Elizabeth in trouble, but it doesn’t change the fact that the wheels are always turning in her 11-year-old brain.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we’ve been spending much of our drive time between the farm and town talking about all the things we’re grateful for this year. She quickly rattled off her gratitude list: “helping” her cousin Dennis combine soybeans, buying the farm across the road and adopting Bonnie and Clyde, the troublemaker Labrador puppies someone dumped.

Evidently our conversation followed her into school. That evening, Elizabeth reported back to me that everyone she talked to in sixth grade was grateful for things that are important to “town
people”—namely, electronics. No one talked about nature, farming or what she considers the fun things in life. I guess the other kids weren’t too impressed with her list either, which somehow launched them into a discussion on the importance of farmers.

It seems that without trying, Jonathan and I are raising a Farmers Feeding the World spokesperson who can carry on an impassioned conversation about how important farmers are to us and the world. Wouldn’t you know it, she has figured out a way to have both an attitude and gratitude!

All of us at the Finck farm and Farm Journal hope you’ll join us in watching “Harvest of Thanks” this holiday. The special “AgDay” Thanksgiving presentation pays tribute to America’s farmers and ranchers. See page 50 for air times.

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