By Autumn U.
In North Dakota, there are thirty thousand nine hundred family farms and ranches, according to. My family is included. We have had our farm for three generations now. It all started with my great grandfather, Reuben Ulmer and to this day the farm is run by my dad. We like to have a lot of fun on the farm, people from out of state may think it is boring to live out in the country, but it isn’t to me. Living on a farm has definitely changed my views and has made me value different things in life. Living on a farm in North Dakota has been one of the greatest things and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
I have always lived on a farm since the day I was born. I don’t know any other lifestyle. As a little girl my dad would not get home some nights until after I was in bed. Then in the morning, he was already gone when I woke up. A couple days of the year I got lucky and could pack my own lunch in a cooler. I knew on those days my dad would be combining or planting around the farm and I could go ride with him. Sometimes he would even let me steer the tractor which was a huge deal and I would brag about it to everyone. Even though I was young, this taught me that you can’t get through life just playing games. Most girls at my age were probably playing babies or barbie dolls and had no clue on what goes on in the real world. I will definitely remember this about my childhood and look back and think how lucky I was to have a dad that worked hard and took care of his family.
Living on the farm has its ups and downs for sure. The downs are that we have to drive everywhere and it gets to be a little much at times. Everyday for school we need to drive into town. It takes us about twenty minutes each time to get in. That total takes up forty minutes of my day that I could have been doing something else. Sometimes I wish that I could live closer, that way it would not take as long to get places. Living so far away from town means having an early curfew. I hate the fact that I have to leave so much earlier than most of my friends because I have to drive to get home. Despite the downs, I would never trade my life. One of the many positives is, I can be as loud as I want to be outside and no one will hear you or get mad at you. I love that because I am a very loud person when it comes to talking. I love the fact that I get to see a lot of the animals that live out in the country. Deer will just show up in our yards or even pheasants will. Most town people freak out when they see a deer in town because it so uncommon. I find it very amusing watching them get excited over something that I get to see almost everyday. Another positive definitely has to be all the fun things that we get to do that most people do not get to experience while living in town. I have gotten to experience capturing an animal and taming it to be a household pet, I have learned how to drive a golf cart, fourwheeler, and a ranger, and have had my body completely covered with dirty, slough mud. Despite the inconvenience of having to drive everywhere, country life is the most enjoyable and breathtaking experience.
I have so many memories of having fun times on the farm with friends and my brother, Jacob. I was in second grade and my friend, Katrina, came over for the day. We went out exploring in the big red barn to go capture a kitten. At first we saw multiple kittens, but they all ran away. I tip toed through the creaking door and Katrina followed me. We had to be super quiet if we wanted to catch one. I grabbed an ice cream bucket and put it over a kitten as fast as I could. We had caught one. As we tried to get out of the barn my dog started chasing us down. We had to make a run for it, we bolted out of the barn running our fastest. Our mission had been complete, we caught a baby cat and named her Carmel. This is probably one of the most exciting things that I had done as a kid. Carmel still wanders around the farm and is the friendliest cat you will ever meet, and seeing her reminds me of how I had caught her. Also we used to have a camouflage golf cart that was used for many purposes, such as driving from building to building, going out to the nearby fields, and just to mess around. Jacob, my brother, and I were allowed to drive it whenever. We would go through mud puddles and just fly around on it. One day it took a turn for the worse though, Jacob was driving and wasn’t looking and all of a sudden I heard a huge crash and went flying forward. He had nailed the backhoe going full speed. I looked over and he was breathing really heavy. I ran to the shop and went to retrieve one of the hired men for help. They ran with me to Jacob to find he only had the wind knocked out of him. That was one of the most scariest memories I have on the farm, but that didn’t stop us from still having fun and we rode it the very next day. Without living on a farm I would not be able to experience all of these fun memories.
People from other states and in big cities may think that these things we do for fun are weird. Honestly though I think that they are some of the most fun things that anyone can do. If they were raised on a farm in North Dakota, they would understand. I have been asked before if I would have rather lived in town. My answer would always be a no. Having a dad as a farmer and living on a farm in North Dakota has shaped me into the type of person I am. I understand the value of hard work and appreciate everything my dad does has taught me about my values. When getting food I value how much time and effort someone put into making that crop. If I had not been born in North Dakota none of this would be possible.