Suddenly, it is real...
I have written in Top Producer about our son Aaron coming back to the farm. It has been an interesting evolution, fraught with unexpected emotion and dramatic (to us, at least) plot twists.
Aaron has been working here since March, and good thing too. Without his labor, Jan and I would be in a huge hole. As it is we still have 300 acres of beans to plant when it dries up enough. Here in central Illinois, that isn't a bad position this year. Our corn is all up - although some took 4 weeks to make an appearance.
Meanwhile, I had planned on relatively normal schedule and had booked speaking and meeting events for ...well, this week - and much of June. So all things considered we're in better shape than we deserve.
But tonight we had Aaron and Kris and John (our grandson) for an impromptu dinner and on a whim I asked John (4) if he would like to sleep over at grandpa's tonight. The reply, "Sure!" I don't know who was more surprised - me or his parents.
So I just finished splashing and squirting the bathroom during his tubby, and Jan is inserting the little rascal into bed for (no doubt) the first time. And an occasion we had dreamed about has become real.
Like many farm parents we encouraged our children to get educations and see the "rest of the world". No problem - they couldn't get off the farm fast enough. But when Aaron and Kris began considering returning, it took some time for us to accept it as really possible.
Judging from responses I have had from other surprised farmers, unexpected boomerang offspring may be the rule - not the exception. And our happy financial situation in grain farming right now seems to offer an opportunity to make a return possible. Anyhoo, that's our aim.
But forget the crop and prices and farm program. My son, who has been gone for 15 years is home. And my grandson sleeps in his old bed.
And if you think I am being mawkish, you should see Jan.