Why I Love “The Farm”

My dad grew up on a 160 acre farm in the small Southwest Missouri farming community of Bendavis. I don’t recall us ever calling it anything other than simply “the farm.” This, however, shouldn’t lead anyone to think of it as a place that is not special. Sometimes uncreative people will call their cat “cat” or their dog “dog,” and to me these folks are idiots; they had the perfect opportunity to give their pets an important name like Captain Wiggles or Mr. Happy or some other descriptive yet powerful name. But, a rose would smell just as sweet regardless of what we call it; therefore “the farm” is a perfectly appropriate name.

So, what makes this piece of property in the middle of nowhere so special you ask? Perhaps it’s the fact that the wind is always blowing – cooling your brow on hot Summer days wrestling the cows or reminding of our Lord, the Unmoved Mover. Or maybe it’s all of the imagery of a simpler time – the old tractor, rusted hay rake, weathered fence corner posts or the proud Prairie barn. It could even be because everywhere you turn your eyes you see something that Grandpa and Grandma Robertson touched – the Cherry, Buckeye, and Walnut trees that Grandma Annie planted and the buildings that Grandpa Glenn built with Depression Era tools and practically no money. Maybe it’s the pristine views (click the gas tank image above). All of these are great examples of the specialness of “the farm,” yet I can’t help but consider the fact that when I walk all the way to the back of the property to my favorite place I feel like I’m standing in the presence of God.

2 thoughts

  1. Brian, I really enjoyed reading your Blog Site. Where are you working now? Are you an Asst. Mgr somewhere?
    How are things on the relationship front?

  2. Hey Dan, I’m still with Home Depot as an Operations Manager for the time being – the hours are destroying me… As far as the “relationship front” goes… You and I have been friends for over 10 years now and I haven’t changed a bit brother, still spending months/years to get to know the character of beautiful Godly girls who end up uninterested in more than a friendship. 🙂 I haven’t been successful in figuring out how you get to know a girl well enough to make a decision about whether to pursue them or not without crossing too far into the friend zone.

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