“Now, just so you know, the reason Dad (and I) farm is: to make money.
Well, that doesn’t always seem to be the case. The idea is to make money. You can’t farm if you don’t have money. So, the whole idea of farming is to make money.
Just like people who go to work for someone else…to make money.”
Mom put me up on her shoulder and petted me, while we walked toward the house.
“So, you see, TLC Cai-Cai, (Mom calls me by my full name all the time,
Dad calls me things like CLT, LTC, TLC—he makes stuff up all the time, sometimes he calls me a GIRL!!!! It’s okay I still come to him no matter what he calls me. 😊 )
It is very important that a farm makes money, for without money there is no canned cat food or dry cereal to munch on…it takes money to buy your groceries.”
Farming is a risky type of business. It’s not like a regular job, where every two weeks or once a month you get a paycheck. Paycheck time is whenever the crops come in, which can be only once a year, depending on the crop.”
Mom and I sat down on the sofa where I can stretch way out while Mom pets on me.
“For us, You, Me, and Dad, the paychecks come in each time we sell hay. Hay is a big deal around here. It brings in money three times a summer.
Then in the fall and early winter, Dad will get out the corn combine and combine the corn, haul it to the Elevator by which, around Christmas time we will get the most money. This is the money we live on. It buys everyday living, all the spring requirements: seed, fertilizer, fuel, it holds us together.”
I am purring so loud; I’m starting to get tired. Just a little bit tired, like maybe just rest my eyes tired.
“And you know what, TLC Cai-Cai? Farmers can’t control the weather or the price you get paid, ever. That’s just how it is—the reason farming is such a risky business.”
“Hum, I guess you feel safe and warm and fed, Little One. And THAT is a very good thing.”
Mom got up very slowly leaving me there on the sofa to dream on.
Farming is a hard business, break downs, no rain..the weather it all effects the bottom line. Sure hope you sold all the hay!!
But, those who farm…seem to love it 🙂
Charlee: “Farming sure does sound like very hard work, TLC Cai-Cai, but not as hard work as being the farm cat, am I right?”
Lulu: “How do you figure?”
Chaplin: “Just look at all the supervising TLC Cai-Cai does! Not to mention all the purring. And managing all the bugs and the birds.”
Lulu: “You think TLC Cai-Cai manages the bugs and the birds?”
Charlee: “Well they sure aren’t going to manage themselves!”
Chaplin: “And that’s why TLC Cai-Cai has to take so many naps.”
Lulu: “I see. And why do you two take so many naps? Who or what are you managing?”
Charlee: “You, of course.”
Right on! Doggies always need kitties to help out. TLC Cai-Cai
You know what TLC .. your Mum and Dad are amazing farmers and such busy people! It sure is a hard business. Gorgeous photos of you btw! You sure are handsome 🙂
I think I’m pretty handsome too. TLC Cai-Cai
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God love you. Farming is hard work.
It is…this year seems very hard for some reason. Maybe because we are now old.
It happens to the best of us, sadly.
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