Farm Progress

Do you have a farm kid who’s wired a little differently? Here’s what we’ve learned from ours.

March 15, 2018

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BLUE SKY: And it’s in a couple of shades.

My baby turns 10 this spring.


I can hardly fathom it.

We’ve long joked that our darling little third born is wired entirely different from our first two — and from my husband and me. The rest of us tend to be Type A, let’s-get-stuff-done, results-oriented people. Clearly, the Lord sent us Caroline to slow us down. And to get us to look at the world a little differently.

A few years back, I was working at my desk in the office. Caroline was maybe 4 and was coloring away at the little table I’d set up for her in there. She danced over and presented me three blue markers and a question: “Which should I use for the sky?”

I took a quick look and picked one, without a terrible lot of thought.

Caroline looked out the window, cocked her head to one side and said, “You know, it’s darker blue at the top and lighter blue at the bottom.”

I turned and looked. “Well, I’ll be darned. It is.” She danced off with her blue markers, set to make her sky darker at the top and lighter at the bottom.

She’s also the child whom we’ve perhaps not been as clear with as we were with the first two. About three years ago, we were all talking around the kitchen counter about my side of the family, and Caroline exclaimed, with the biggest eyes you’ve ever seen, “Wait! Uncle Doug is your brother?!”

“Sweetie, who did you think he was? Just some random guy that kept showing up at Grandpa Wayne’s?!”

She giggled uproariously and then stopped in her tracks. “Wait a minute — do you have other brothers and sisters?”

Um, no, but I guess we have to forgive her for wondering what else we’ve been keeping from her.

This child is a delight. She slows us down, she makes us look out the window, she asks us to see the world through her eyes — and it’s a pretty sweet picture.

Do you have a child like this in your farm family? Or maybe it’s you who’s wired differently? Maybe today’s the day to stop, look out the window and admire the blue. You never know what you’ll see. 

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