Letter to the Editor - So God Made a Farmer

11-27-17

To the editor of the Groesbeck Journal:

My name is Elsie Gressett Martin. I am the youngest daughter of Charlie and Roxie Gressett.

My dad and all of his family were farmers in Limestone County all of his life.

I found this poem in some old papers I was going through. Thought some of the old farmers families might like to reminisce about the “old” farmers. Maybe read about it in the Journal. I still read the journal and we left Limestone County in 1955.

Thank you,

Elsie Martin

(469) 291 – 7371

 

 

SO GOD WENT AHEAD AND MADE A FARMER

And on the eighth day, God looked down on His planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.”

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper – and then go do town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild.

“Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon, and mean it.”

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die and then dry his eyes and say ‘maybe next year’… I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout and shoe a horse with a hunk of car tires… Who can make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps…Who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40 hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, painin’ from tractor back, put in another 72.”

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double-speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales… And, yet, gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets. And who’ll stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of meadow lark.”

SO GOD MADE A FARMER

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners… somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder… and finish a hard week’s work with a 5-mile drive to church.

Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing… Who would laugh, and then sigh, and the reply with smiling eyes… when his children say they want to spend their life doing what dad does.

Groesbeck Journal

P.O. Box 440
Groesbeck, TX 76642
Phone: 254-729-5103
Fax: 254-729-0362