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The Social Worker And The Farmer

Posted Sunday, February 22, 2009, at 1:33 PM

Common Sense And Farmers Just Seem To Go Together!
Some light reading and pretty good advice today...

The Social Worker

A social worker from the big city recently transferred to a remote rural area and was on the first tour of her new territory when she came upon the tiniest cabin she had ever seen in her life.

Intrigued, she went up and knocked on the door. 'Anybody home?' she asked.

'Yep,' came a kid's voice through the door.

'Is your father there?' asked the social worker.

'Pa? Nope, he left afore Ma came in,' said the kid.

'Well, is your mother there?' persisted the social worker.

'Ma? Nope, she left just afore I got here,' said the kid.

'But,' protested the social worker, 'are you never together as a family?'

'Sure, but not here,' said the kid through the door. 'This is the Outhouse!'

(Government workers obviously need to understand the territory before making conclusions.)

Farmer's Advice...

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks, bankers, and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence , try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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I know Sam...it's just that my ability to engage in confrontational discourse sometimes wanes if I sense that the divide is getting bigger rather than smaller. I usually have to sit on the sidelines for awhile and gather my strength before making a comeback. In the meantime I am going to keep smiling and consider myself lucky to live in a country that allows us to engage in "spirited" debate.

-- Posted by Kurt on Mon, Feb 23, 2009, at 12:46 PM

thanks Brian.

Hey Kurt - we can't all be peacemakers bro.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Mon, Feb 23, 2009, at 11:09 AM


As I read your post from a coffee house in Oregon it brought some lightness and humor to my day. It brought me back to my days's of growing up in NW Kansas and as I read your post I envisioned I was going down a dirt road in a old pickup truck with corn and wheat covering the floorboard and an old buddy telling "rural" humor and sharing "rural" wisdom. We might have had a cold one between our legs and a swisher sweet cigar hanging from the side of our mouths also as we drove to Trenton to drown a few worms.

I have posted periodically on the "political" side of the Daily Gazette and after attempting to bring civil discourse to the subject matter (I was not successful) have decided to seek out more fun and lighthearted blogs. Keep you balance and sense of humor. Thank you.

-- Posted by Kurt on Sun, Feb 22, 2009, at 4:11 PM

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