Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Farmers

I was all set to love the Budweiser Clydesdale Horse commercial the most on Sunday.  
Boy was I wrong (although it was a close second...although the Oprah one got me too)  
This Dodge commercial was fantastic. 
 Paul Harvey's words spoke the truth and were from and to the heart of something so vitally important in this country and around the world.  
Farmers get a bad rap in the media often times and maybe, just maybe, a commercial during a football game might begin to change that.
 

God Made A Farmer
“And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker!”. 
So, God made a farmer!
God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. 
So, God made a farmer!
I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon…and mean it.
 So, God made a farmer!
God said “I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And…who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain’n from “tractor back”, put in another seventy two hours. 
So, God made a farmer!
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. 
So, God made a farmer!
God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets…and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. 
So, God made a farmer!
It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight…and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed…and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five-mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who’d laugh and then sigh…and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”. 
So, God made a farmer!”
- Paul Harvey, Delivered to the National FFA Convention in 1978

I just discovered that in addition to saluting farmers, Dodge will make a donation to FFA (Future Farmers of America) if you will click here, watch the video and share it.  
Will you?

2 comments:

Tracy said...

Those were my top three as well- though the farmer one was my favorite! I'm so glad it has struck a chord with so many!

twistedfencepost said...

LOVE THIS!
I didn't watch the super bowl so I missed it.
Where would this country be without our farmers?!