Being Raised in a Barn is a Good Thing

We've all been there, that moment when we forget to shut the door or leave our rooms a little too messy. Your mom walks into a room and utters the most popular phrase of all time, "Were you raised in a barn?" So many people use that line when something is bad, or not going there way. It's time to make that phrase stand for something good. Being raised in a barn isn't a bad thing though, and here are some of the reasons why.

  • You learn the circle of life. I've watched life begin and end in a barn. It's the most exciting thing watching a baby be born, and it's also a sad event when that sick animal never recovers.
  • You'll learn the true meaning of compassion. When an animal gets sick you'll spend countless hours doctoring and caring for that animal. When a sow is about to give birth you'll stay in the barn for hours waiting for the birth, and sometimes decide to just spend the night there.
  • You learn the true meaning of hard work. From carrying feed bags to cleaning stalls, it's tough work. After all of that hard work is done, you will feel so accomplished.
  • You'll learn responsibility. Those animals in that barn depend on you, more than they depend on themselves. You'll learn to wake up and feed them before you even think about feeding yourself.
  • You'll learn a vast amount of knowledge. You'll learn about feed rations, and how to doctor sick animals.
  • It's a great place to workout. Who needs a gym membership when you have a ton of 50-pound sacks around that need to moved off the truck to the inside of the barn?
  • It's a great place to spend your evenings and mornings. Watching the sun set and rise at the barn is one of the most beautiful sights ever.
  • It's a great stress reliever. After a long hard day at school or work, being in the barn helps all of the stress go away.
  • It's a place that makes family bonds stronger. Sitting around a TV with your family isn't a great way to bond or talk for that matter. Going out to the barn and working with show animals is.
  • You will make a ton of memories in a barn. Whether it's watching your goat give birth, to spending time with friends, being in a barn will cure your boredom and help you make those long-lasting memories.
  • It's a great place for FFA, 4-H, and Grange kids to begin their love of agriculture.

Yes, I was raised in a barn. Being raised in a barn is a true gift and I'm so proud to have gotten that opportunity.

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