The screech of the screen door echoed as a blonde-haired boy stepped out of the old white farm house. Standing in a white t-shirt and shorts, he wiped the sleep from his big, blue eyes. With a quizzical look on his face, he lifted his arms and yelled, “What’s going on?”
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The smell of soap and wax contaminated the air. Sunrays beamed through the newly cleaned windows and a brisk, but refreshing breeze swirled through the shop doors. Tools used to tighten bolts, make adjustments, and fix parts clattered as they reached their destination. In the distance, I could hear the rustle from a broom gliding across the floor. And every so often, you could hear the song of a bird in love.
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Let’s just say, at nearly 80 years old, I’ve experienced a few things in life. I’ve watched men leave for war, the stock market collapse, Mother Nature destroy farms, and housing additions pop up like corn rows. I’ve heard grown men cry, laughter in the hay loft, and the sounds of newborn calves on the farm. I’ve moved three times, retired early, and even had a face lift. And even though so much has changed, one thing has remained the same – my family.
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On that Friday morning in early April, I felt like I was sitting across from my dad and brother. Although Austin is a little younger than Nathan, they're both smart men, eager to grow the farm, and prepare it for the next generation.
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