When Your Friends Don’t Understand You
With the average U.S. citizen 3-4 generations removed from the family farm, those of us actively participating in the agricultural industry often feel like we’re living on an island; even while inhabiting our intimate, rural communities.
Sure, we’re the QB1, the drum major, the Homecoming Queen or maybe even president of National Honor Society, but we’re also an elusive “ag kid,” which means we’re often speaking a language or acting in a way our peers can’t translate.
When you can’t go on the spring break ski trip because you’ll be at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
When you have to “go home real quick” to let the steers out of the cool room.
When your family's idea of a family vacation is a national junior show.
When your 529 College Savings Plan is actually a savings account from your premium sale money.
When you’re late to the football game because you’ve been exercising your sheep.
Think of yourself as a liaison to the non-ag community. It's not only your job to care for your livestock, but also to serve as Wikipedia/Google for your friends. It's a tremendous respinsiblity, but someone has to do it.