And when I saw that Dodge Ram commercial during the Super Bowl last night, which featured Paul Harvey reading the poem God Made a Farmer, it brought up all of these wonderful (and emotional feelings) I have about growing up on a farm.
My parents didn’t know that there is no hobby in farming – only a commitment to working until the work is done and the work is never done.
We started off with three hogs, and two steers, then quickly grew to having 300 hogs, a few horses, and an orphaned goat named Gabby. We owned a 1942 Case Tractor that had a crank start and an electric start that came with a plow and a manure spreader. I learned how to drive a tractor when I was 11 years old and I wasn’t allowed to drive my dad’s truck until I learned how to parallel park that manure spreader in the field first.
Before my sisters and I were allowed to even open Christmas presents, the animals needed to be fed. Before I went on a date, the horses needed to be brushed. And before I could borrow the family car, the feed needed to be picked up from the grain mill.
These were my commitments and I am grateful to have had them.
But while the farmer image is rooted in rugged individualism, there was a profound sense of community where I grew up – on the corner of Highway 3 and Fox Lake Road.
Our neighbors were more than neighbors. When we didn’t have a combine, we borrowed the neighbor's. When our neighbor ran out of room to store hay, we let him use our extra space. We got eggs from another neighbor and she bought a pig from us. When my mother had bypass surgery on her heart, the neighbors brought food. When we were snowed in, they helped plow us out. We counted on one another.
I quickly realized that my parents wanted us to learn that life isn’t just about fulfilling your own wants and needs, but it’s also about serving others too. That’s what you do when you make your life’s work about feeding people.
And when I heard Paul Harvey’s voice, all of that came back to me.
But apparently, I’m not the only one who loved Ram’s commercial. Here’s what others had to say on Facebook and our comments:
Julie Valentine Ram Trucks and Case IH are very much connected and most farms (whether they are commercial or private) need both kinds of equipment. Since the companies have the same "parent" organization they work together. Look to see if you can find the press release from Ram Trucks - they are very proud to partner with our hometown Case IH.
Missy Papiernik Winkworth i liked the "God Made A Farmer" one. i don't even know what the ad was for, but i heard the speech while i was doing something else.
Kathy King Gengler Biggest show stopper and inspirational was narration by Paul Harvey.
Melissa Rothe Dodge farmers ad with Paul Harvey was the best. Also enjoyed the Bud Clysdales and the VW Jamaican guy.
Richard My favorite was the Dodge Ram ad, it triggered an emotional response for my family, not stupid like some of the other ads. And yes, there were several other ads that were very good too.
Karen Dalkin Most touched by Dodge's salute to the American Farmer. Where can I find a farmer to hug and say thank you to them myself?
Cindy Peterson"God made a farmer" commercial with Paul Harvey was my favorite. I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and it was so moving to see them getting respect.