I went "home" last weekend for my high school reunion. It was wonderful to see my childhood friends again. Truth be told, all the girls looked pretty much the same. The guys weren't as recognizable, they had either grey hair or no hair. It dawned on me; hair color and Spanx are a girls best friend.
"Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you didn't commit." Kit Pharo
I was a little concerned when the invitation included the instruction "Business Casual Attire." Does your business make a difference in selecting casual attire? Manure free shoes and a clean shirt are usually fine for any business we conduct. I was the only farmer in my graduating class, which isn't surprising, Barrington High School is in a suburb of Chicago. It's not known as an agricultural community.
Being away for a couple days reminded me that I have a great life. It's not surprising, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded. When the grass appears greener, it's not. Forest Hill Farm grass is as green as it gets. If you've ever thought about starting a small farm or agricultural enterprise, I'd highly recommend it. Years ago we were given very practical advice, allow me to share:
If you'd like to become a millionaire and dream of farming here are two rules you'll need to follow:
1. Start out with a billion dollars
2. Buy a farm
If you start with a billion dollars and buy a farm, you'll end up a millionaire. This rule also applies to most hobbies; boating, airplane ownership, horse ownership, quilting, scrap booking, etc...
There's a misconception about farming that was prevalent this weekend; farm ownership equates to an independent lifestyle where you work for yourself and have complete freedom. Yes, we're fortunate, but our work load is hardly independent. We are dependent on the weather, field conditions, farm implements, good mechanics, animals, fencing, and most of all our fabulous customers. We are extremely grateful to all of you. We truly hope we've expressed our sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
"If you're doing what everyone else is doing, you will never be better than average."
©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC