My brother was a devoted tiller of the soil his whole life - farming was his love and his passion. It was difficult for him when he could no longer actively farm his land, but he would always participate in the planting and harvest of the grain. A few years ago I came upon the following "A Farmer's Creed" which so described my brother that I saved it and offered it to his family as they prepared for his funeral. They chose to have it printed on his obituary and also had it read by his grandchildren at his funeral.
I was so blessed to have two fathers. I lost my real father in 1973. I lost my brother/father one day this past September, but I will always have the wonderful memories of him the rest of my life. During this time of Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful to have had such a wonderful and loving brother/father.
A Farmer's Creed
I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.
I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person s character.
I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.
I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy.
I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.
I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.
I believe many of the best things in life are free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.
I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.
I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.
I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellowmen, and by this standard I fear no judgment.
I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he s lived.
I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.