A Letter to My Professor/Employer, From a Stock Show Kid.
Remember when I brought to your attention I would be gone a few days out of the 365 days in a year because I will be attending a livestock show? Do you remember when you said, “I don’t understand the purpose of you taking off for this” or “this will be an unexcused absence?” I remember it very clearly. But, sir/ma’am, you may not understand that there is a vast difference between a beach vacation and spending the week at a livestock show.
We’re not sitting on our bums watching the waves crash onto the shore. We are standing on our two feet feeding cattle at 4 a.m., washing at 6 a.m., showing by 8 a.m., pushing lunch back to 3 p.m. (forgot to eat breakfast that morning but remembered to feed the cattle), feeding again at 7 p.m., tying everything out by 8 p.m., and scrambling for dinner around 10 p.m.
Do not even get me started in the process of prepping for a livestock show at home. I would love to return home after a day of work or school and sit down, but the list of prepping never ends. We’re not complaining about the work and the extensive hours dedicated at home and at shows, we enjoy our lifestyle. It is in our blood and there is no doubt this industry will teach you more about life than any other.
We honor our work whether it be at our 9 to 5 job, school, or with our livestock. I invite you to step away from your desk and come out into the world of raising and showing livestock. Become one of “us” for the day, and maybe you will realize that it isn’t just a "fun and games" vacay.
We are here for a purpose, and that purpose being, to show the public what the agriculture industry is all about. We have fun doing it, we laugh and carry on. But what you might not understand is we don’t have those regular 8-hour days. Try 20 hours. Maybe, just maybe, if you put yourself in our shoes for a day and observe our lifestyle, you will start to understand why we would rather be at a livestock show instead of a beach. God raised the most disciplined, responsible, compassionate, and patient people for this lifestyle. We are blessed that God chose us to distill in this life, the stock show life.
A Stock Show Kid