My husband Tom was born and raised on a dairy farm. By the time he was twelve years old, he was milking cows twice a day, before school and after school, 365 days a year. We got married in 1961 and had a one-day honeymoon, leaving his brother to handle the farm till we got back the next day. We raised our six kids on the farm, with life geared to being home every day at milking time. No vacations, just day trips. But it was a good life, and we accepted the sacrifice. The kids grew up to be responsible, hard-working adults, which we attributed to their days working alongside us on the farm.
Entire article in the 08-20 edition.