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Known For Something

Published on Monday, December 16, 2013

We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.

We are all know for something.

I have traveled a lot across Ohio, Indiana and Illinois this past month, meeting with my customers and finalizing seed orders for the 2014 crop. Of course, in so doing, I saw a lot of things along the way. I started thinking about this notion of wanting to be known for something when I stopped for gas in Casey, IL. What I found on that exit made me pull the truck over and at first, laugh. The second thing I pondered was simple. Why?

                                            The Home of the World’s Largest Wind Chime

To me that’s kinda’ cool. But then I looked across the street from the World’s Largest Wind Chime and saw what Casey, IL was getting ready to be known for…
                                         The World’s Largest Rocking Chair (COMING SOON)

How many rocking chair lovers do I have out there?

I’m one of them! My mom started antiquing when I was a kid and bought a lot of antique rocking chairs. She passed that love on to me and now I’ve got a few myself. So, when I saw this I was super excited! Of course! Why didn’t my town think of this?!

Well after snapping a few pictures and telling everyone I knew about this exciting news (or at least my mom), my mind went back to how we are all known for something. And it made me think of another picture I took recently…
                                                               What is this?

I took this picture literally in the middle of nowhere! I was on my way to a customer’s farm when I came to the intersection of Gravel Road and Road to Nowhere, and there it was. I looked for the initials or the name of the person who created this giant mushroom masterpiece on the edge of a muddy ditch bank. It was nowhere to be found. I looked for the plaque telling me the purpose of this wooden replica of a spore-bearing fruiting fungus (otherwise known as a mushroom). I found none. I found it interesting that in the middle of farm country where plants and animals abound stood a replica of not plant nor animal, but fungus.

Side note: Did you know that mushrooms lack the green chlorophyll that plants use to manufacture their own nutrient? A corn plant utilizes photosynthesis to manufacture chlorophyll that feeds the plant and causes it to grow. Because of the lack of chlorophyll, mushrooms are placed into their own classification, “The Kingdom of Fungi”. When you pick a mushroom you don’t harm the fungus itself because the body the organism survives on is underground in a network called ‘hyphae’. Ok, enough of the agronomic mushroom lesson, back to my story...

My point is this. There was no plaque, no name plate. Who carved this mushroom? Someone who was looking for no accolades, no applause, no recognition.

In every farm operation there is that one person that works quietly in the background. This is the person that gets along with everyone. This person does not stand out in a crowd and is not looking for attention.

That person is so integral to every farm business that without that person, things would fall apart. That person may be a family member or maybe a hired man or woman. That person seeks no recognition and wishes not to be known for anything. Aaahhh, but they are!

They are the “glue”. Many times we may forget to show our appreciation to the “glue” because they seek none. Make sure you show your appreciation to the humble worker on your farm. Even though they wish to not be known for anything, they deserve to be.

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12/17/2013 8:23 AM

Casey also has the worlds largest golf tee at its golf course. and just 5 miles up the road at Martinsville, they have the worlds largest horse shoe. Seems like since they put up the wind chimes they decided to try to make it a collection of worlds largest.

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