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Lessons Learned From Growing Up on a Farm

Paul grew up on a farm where moral virtues such as hard work and honesty were cherished. Each of his classes has a moral lesson.

The Barn, Silo, and Milkhouse of the Farm Where I Grew Up

Farm land, old machinery, creek, and woods in the background

Farm land, old machinery, creek, and woods in the background

Valuable Lessons Learned From Living on a Farm

When I was nine years old, my parents moved from a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a farm in the southeastern part of the state. Having spent my whole life growing up in the city, it was the beginning of new experiences for my oldest sister, just born sister, and me. As I look back on my youth and the time spent on the farm, I realize now that I learned valuable life lessons. These valuable moral lessons include the importance of hard work, the value of money, self-sufficiency, teamwork, generosity, austerity, and enduring inconvenience.

Moving to a Farm

I guess it wasn't much of a surprise when my father rented a farm in 1954 and moved to the countryside, Dad had worked on many dairy farms before he got married, and I remember him taking me to visit some of his farming friends when we still lived in the city. He had also taken an agricultural short course at the University of Wisconsin and one semester of pre-veterinarian medicine courses there.

On a cold windy Saturday during the first week in March, dad had hitched a flatbed farm wagon to the back of his old Chevy. Uncle Dick then came over and helped move our furniture and household appliances from a rented apartment in West Allis onto the wagon, We then drove on a two-lane road out into the countryside in Waukesha County. The 70-acre farm which dad had rented was situated on a small hill about one-half mile off of the main road. The landlord lived in a small cottage at the foot of the hill.

The farm was rather old and the first thing I noticed was the old two-story farmhouse. I recall it having a fairly big kitchen, living room with an oil-burning stove, family room, and two small bedrooms on the first floor. On the second floor, there were three more bedrooms. The house had no basement and there was no indoor plumbing.

The red barn and adjoining silo were very small. The ground floor of the barn could accommodate 10-15 cows, and maybe 1,000 bales of hay could be stored on the second floor in a haymow which also had a grain storage room. The farm also had a small chicken coop and machine shed.

First Farm Dad Rented in 1954


Buying a Farm

After three years of living on the rented "McNally Farm", my parents found a farm to buy about 15 miles away in neighboring Walworth County. Dad had been working a full-time job in West Allis while also dairy farming and building up a small herd of 10-15 cattle. When he and Ma saw the old "Blackburn Farm" on Honey Creek Road was for sale in 1957 for $16,000, he was able to get a mortgage loan to purchase the farm.

Once again on a cold March day, Uncle Dick came out and helped dad move the cattle and household goods to the farm located one-half mile north of the village of Honey Creek. This farm was a lot better than the rented one. It had 117 acres of land and a creek (Honey Creek) which flowed through the land from north to south, The barn was a lot bigger and it could hold 25-30 cows. Our house was also better because it now had a basement and indoor plumbing.

Part of the land and buildings of the farm which mom and dad purchased in 1957.  Picture taken around 1970.

Part of the land and buildings of the farm which mom and dad purchased in 1957. Picture taken around 1970.

The Kuehn Family Farm North of Honey Creek, Wisconsin

Photo taken probably between 2000 and 2010.

Photo taken probably between 2000 and 2010.

Valuable Lessons Learned From Living on a Farm

1. The Importance of Hard Work

One of the most important things I learned while growing up on the farm is the importance of hard work. Before moving to the country, I had a very easy life in the city. All I had to do was go to school and do my homework. When I wasn't going to school, my day was filled with play and friends, especially when I was on summer vacation.

My life of play changed after starting to live on the farm. There was now hard work wherever you looked. My father was a dairy farmer and milked an average of 20 cows before I went away to college. I soon found out that barn chores occupied a great part of my day. Cows had to be milked around 5:30 A.M. and then at 5:30 P.M. every day.

In addition to helping milk the cows, I had to feed them twice a day. This entailed climbing up into the silo and forking down through a chute and into a big cart silage which is fermented chopped up green corn plants. It also included going into the haymow on the second level and shoveling down into a cart ground up corn and oats with added molasses and minerals. After the cattle finished eating the silage and ground-up grain, they had bales of hay to feed on which I had to get from the haymow and then throw down a chute.

The dirtiest work, undoubtedly, was cleaning the barn. This meant removing manure from the two gutters which were in the back of the stanchions on both sides of the barn where the cows were harnessed. Until dad and granddad installed a barn cleaner, I had to shovel the manure each day out of the gutters and into a wheelbarrow. I then had to empty the wheelbarrow into a manure spreader which was parked outside of a barn door. Besides this, there were pens which had to be regularly cleaned.

When I wasn't doing barn chores, I was helping my dad with fieldwork. Most of the fieldwork was in the spring and summer. In the spring, the planting of crops was the first order of business. We planted mainly corn, oats, and alfalfa which were all used for feed for the cattle. Before planting, the land had to be plowed, disked, and then dragged so that it was flat and smooth for planting. Occasionally we had to pick a lot of stones from the fields before planting. I then helped my dad first plant the oats in April. I remember standing on the back of a very old grain seeder to make sure that the oat seeds, fertilizer, and alfalfa seeds were all freely flowing from the seeder into the ground while my father pulled it with a tractor. In May we planted corn with a two-row corn planter that had compartments for both corn and fertilizer.

During the summer we were busy with the cultivation of corn, making hay, and harvesting oats. Making hay was the most back-breaking work, After cutting a field of alfalfa and letting it dry for two or three days, we would rake up the dried alfalfa now called hay, and then bale it with a machine called a baler pulled by a tractor. A wagon was hitched behind the baler, and it was usually I who had to stand on the wagon and stack the bales as they came out of the baler. Following this, we had to unload the hay into a haymow by transferring them from the wagon to an elevator which shot them up to a person who stacked them. Each bale usually weighed 50-60 pounds.

When we weren't doing barn and fieldwork, there were many maintenance jobs on the farm. On many rainy days when we couldn't get out into the fields, I was helping dad fix fences or repair tractors and other farm machinery.

2. Value of Money

I quickly learned the value of money after moving to the farm. My parents didn't have much money when I was a kid, so I was given no allowance. When I did ask for money, dad said that money doesn't grow on trees and that I would have to work for spending money. When I was 10 or 11, I remember helping the neighbor farmer chase his cows across the road twice a day and getting a quarter a day to do it. When my sisters and I needed money for school clothes, I sold sweet corn at a stand along the road and also at picnics. One year we also planted an acre of pickles which we sold to a pickle factory. It was hot,back-breaking work picking the cucumbers during August, but we needed all the money we earned for new school clothes.

3. Self-sufficiency

Through all the work I did helping my father, I quickly learned that a farmer has to be self-sufficient to have any chance of surviving. It would have been just too expensive for dad if he had bought all of his hay and other feed for the cattle. That's why we planted, cultivated, and harvested our crops. I also never really remember going much to the supermarket when I was a kid. We grew our vegetables, and ma used to can things like pickles, beans, and peaches which we could eat year-round. My parents rarely bought meat, because we raised beef cattle and pigs which we would butcher. We also had our chickens and eggs as well as drinking milk from the cows, Since dad was a handy mechanic, he would repair all tractors and farm machinery as well as his cars. On many occasions, he would say that if you want something done right, you do it yourself.

4. Teamwork

My father would have never been successful in farming if there hadn't been teamwork within our family. Everyone would work together in the barn and sometimes in the field, too. Ma and dad did most of the milking, and I would help with the feeding and cleaning of the barn. When my sisters and brother got older, they also helped with barn and field chores after I went off to college.

5. Generosity

I remember my folks being very generous to all relatives and friends who visited. During the summer, it seemed that ma and dad would give a lot of vegetables to my two uncles when they came to visit. They would also stay for supper before going back to the city. Friends were often supper guests, too. In times of need, dad would lend money to a neighbor or help him repair farm machinery.

6. Austerity

Growing up we didn't have much money, so we couldn't waste it. Dad and ma had to always watch every penny to make the monthly mortgage payment. For this reason, vacations, entertainment, and new clothes were out of the question. Dad always bought second-hand cars, and both he and ma bought used clothes. We kids also always got our new school clothes from discount department stores.

7. Endure Inconvenience

No indoor plumbing was the first inconvenience I endured during the first three years on the farm. We had an outhouse to use when the weather wasn't cold. During the winter, we used chamber pots in the house and always bathed in small portable tubs. The hot water for our baths came from pots of water that were heated up on a stove.

The moral lessons learned from growing up on a farm have stayed with me over all the years. I especially appreciate the lessons I learned about the importance of hard work and the value of money. There are too many spoiled young people today who need to learn the moral lessons which I have learned for life. If they did, I think the world would be a much better place.

Dad and the Author

Picture was taken in 1993.  Dad at the age of 77

Picture was taken in 1993. Dad at the age of 77

Making Hay

Moral Lessons Learned Growing Up

Lessons Learned from Growing Up on a Farm

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Paul Richard Kuehn


Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on February 08, 2016:

Stella , I'm happy this hub brought back memories and that you liked it very much. What part of Indiana are you from?

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on February 08, 2016:

Paul, I remember my farm days from Indiana and the cold snow and the animals. I had to learn the same lessons. Great hub, Stella

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 18, 2016:

Thank you very much for your comments. If I were in America now, I would take you to visit my sister's farm. I'm happy you liked this hub.

O from New York on January 17, 2016:

I've always lived in the city but wanted to visit farms more often, its the natural kind of living that makes me gravitate toward the country life, city is too much. I enjoyed reading your article and am now a follower :) Keep the hubs coming!


Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on May 27, 2015:

&Akriti Mattu I am very pleased that you found this hub interesting. Thank you for your comment.

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 26, 2015:

This made for an interesting read :)

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on November 15, 2014:

Yes, it is amazing how impatient the young are today compared to us when we were young. Thanks again for the comment.

Arni Abueva from Manila, Philippines on November 15, 2014:

You're welcome. Young people nowadays want things to come fast and instant (I am no exception). I won't say blame it on the technology that are readily accessible in the metropolis but I think they are the biggest contributor to this attitude and mentality of the youth. So yeah, living on a farm is the best place for a young person to be today. On a farm they will learn to work (planting crops and domesticating animals) and be patient as they wait for what them to grow and become ready for harvest.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on November 13, 2014:

&cianeko I really appreciate your great review of this hub. Living on a farm is the best place for a young person to be today.

Arni Abueva from Manila, Philippines on November 12, 2014:

This is one of the greatest hubs that I've read so far! All you've said here are undoubtedly true and I can relate to them so much as I am a son of a former farmer. I can still recall how we planted crops, fertilized, and harvested them. Living in the farm really contributed on what and who I am today as a person. The same as what you've said, it made me value hardwork and money. This article made me think back the past years and miss rustic living. Kudos!

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on June 21, 2014:

&prairieprincess Thank you very much for reading and commenting on this hub. Blessings to you also, and I appreciate you sharing this with your FB contacts.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on June 14, 2014:

Paul, this brought back some memories of my own childhood, for sure. My father was raised on a farm and we lived on a farm in early childhood. Seeing my father in action, later on, in another profession, instilled strongly in me the value of hard work. All of the lessons you mention were a strong part of my childhood, learned from my Dad.

Thank you for writing such a touching, sincere hub. I will be sharing this with my FB contacts, many who are family who either still farm, or grew up with this background. Blessings to you this weekend.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on November 05, 2013:

MelCarriere, Thank you very much for commenting on this hub. Yes, I think the farm lifestyle is good for any child when they are growing up.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 27, 2013:

My mother is a farm girl, and the older I get the more I think that lifestyle would be very satisfying. Great hub!

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on July 27, 2013:

Donna C. Smith,

I really appreciate your comments on this hub. Yes, many younger folk would be hard put to survive today if they had to live like we did when being kids.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on July 27, 2013:


My father was just like your parents in being a good handyman. I also remember him building an addition onto our farm house when I was younger. My mother also canned a lot and kept a lot of things in the cellar. Thanks for linking this hub to yours about Teaching Kids about Money and Family Values. I also appreciate you sharing this hub.

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on July 27, 2013:

Hard times are good for the soul. Some of the younger folk would be hard put to survive today. Gee whiz, I sound old!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2013:

Hi Paul,

I grew up in the countryside of Wisconsin. I was too little to remember living in the summer cottage next to my fraternal grandma's house that my parents bought from her in Okauchee on a lake. Until it was insulated by my dad, they wore winter clothes inside of the house when it was cold.

The first home that I actually remember was in Oconomowoc where my parents built their home. They gradually added things like the garage, breezeway between the garage and house and finally a sun-room on the back of the house as money allowed. The only thing that my dad enlisted some help was with the installation of electricity and perhaps the plumbing. They did everything else themselves! It was a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, large country kitchen home with living room and basement.

My maternal grandfather had 2 huge gardens and my mother and grandmother canned all kinds of vegetables and fruits supplying us with food year round. They had a root cellar where things like potatoes and carrots were stored.

We had lots of chores! Those were sweet days!

Going to add a link from this hub to mine about Teaching Kids about Money and Family Values. Up votes, sharing and tweeting.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 29, 2013:


Thank you so much for reading this hub and especially for sharing your childhood growing up in the country. What a coincidence that you grew up in the same area where I did. Where exactly did you live in southeastern Wisconsin and go to school? I went to Catholic grade schools in Mukwonago and Waterford before going to high school in Burlington.

Alise- Evon on March 28, 2013:

What a great hub! I, too, grew up in southeastern Wisconsin- in the country, but not on a farm. That said, we had 2 gardens, got our milk from our next door neighbor, many times had to wait with the car idling in the road while another farmer neighbor's son herded their cows down the road between their home and the field the cows grazed in, and the sweet smell of alfalfa that grew in the field across the road was always something I loved. We also had wonderful neighbors who really looked out for each other. The values I learned as a kid growing up in the country remain with me until today, also.

When I was 13, we moved to town. After my first taste of store-bought milk, I never drank it again. I am blessed to now live in a Wisconsin village; have a container garden (since we rent); and, wonder of wonders, have access to a farmer who sells raw milk- ah, the sweetness of it! I even learned to make cultured butter via the "shake it in a jar" method. How satisfying is that! My mom gets a kick out of it because we did not do that growing up, but she did when she was growing up.

Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned growing up on the farms. The world sure would be a better place if more people could learn them, too.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 04, 2013:

I have been to central Wisconsin many times since my late mother was originally from Marshfield. I still have some aunts and other relation who are still in that area. I've never been to Hancock, though.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 03, 2013:

I was born at home, #5, and grew up just a couple of miles from where I was born -- just outside of the village of Hancock Wisconsin. Population 365 (now 417). It's located on HWY 51 about 25 miles south of Stevens Point.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 03, 2013:

Au fait,

Thank you very much for reading this hub. It's interesting that you are from a small farm in Wisconsin like myself. Where did you grow up, if I might ask? Locals taking lowpaying jobs is the same in both Taiwan where I lived before and in Thailand. In Taiwan there is an influx of labor from China and southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam. In Thailand, the foreign help comes from the poorer nations like Cambodia and Burma. Thanks for your great comments and sharing stories about your youth with me. I especially appreciate you sharing this hub.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 02, 2013:

Having grown up on a small farm in Wisconsin myself, I can appreciate every word you have said here. I think my daughter has missed out on so much by growing up in the city.

I, too, have experienced the inconveniences you write about when I was very young (under 12). No indoor plumbing, no electricity, born at home, no car to go anywhere when my dad was working at a paper mill 30 miles away. On a farm there is always plenty to do for everyone and never a reason for boredom. Learning to work together and help out for everyone's benefit, not just one's own, is a great lesson few people seem to learn these days.

My sibs and I all worked in the pickle fields and bean fields before there were pickers to do that job. We all know what it's like out there, but I have to tell you, I've had worse jobs. So to say Americans are unwilling to take these jobs and so it's necessary to import people to do them for us, I think is a little disingenuous. Some of us have done those jobs and know exactly what they entail, so trying to tell us how horrible these jobs are to justify hiring illegals and foreigners just doesn't resonate.

Excellent hub! Voted up, awesome, and shared! If I had a Pinterest Acct or a FB acct I would add you on. You have a lot of very sensible and educational hubs.

Amanda Littlejohn on March 02, 2013:

You are very welcome. I think that learning and experience such as yours should always be valued. We can all learn so much from each other.

Thank you for following me!

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 01, 2013:


Thank you very much for reading this hub! I really appreciate your great comments and they really make me feel good. My father always told me that a little hard work never hurts anyone.

Amanda Littlejohn on March 01, 2013:

What a good read that was and so full of rich life experience and great lessons for all of us to learn. I do think that the kind of life you had may have been hard in some ways but through that you have learned some really important morals that we would all do well to remember. Not only about hard work and the way to manage money but also in terms of respecting each other and working together across the generations - now if that was more widespread the world certainly would be a better place!

Thank you for such a very inspiring read, I really enjoyed it.

Single Shot on February 26, 2013:

Okay, thank you. :)

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on February 26, 2013:

I look forward to viewing your photos when I have more time.

Single Shot on February 24, 2013:

Oh..right, sorry I forgot to mention it's like 100 photos in the album.. -.-' sorry!

Single Shot on February 24, 2013:

You're welcome. An thank you very much. I love photography and none of those photos or any of my photos I take are ever edited(unless certain circumstances are needed)

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on February 24, 2013:

Single Shot,

Thanks for reading this hub and your comments are very interesting. My second oldest sister loved horses and cows when she was younger, and now she is a vet. I will check out your equestrian center on Flickr and then get back to you.

Single Shot on February 24, 2013:

Wow! That is all so awesome! last year I quit volunteering at my sisters equestrian center because when I moved I couldn't get out there..But you're right. You learn a lot of things...I learned about horses, and about people, and how an equestrian(boarding facility) works..and also learned it's definitely a year round job. hmm if I can, I'll find my link to my Flickr so you can look at photos from the equestrian center.. here we go... enjoy!

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 18, 2013:


Thanks for reading this hub and your really nice comments. I really appreciate them. Yes, living on a farm can be very relaxing on a warm spring day or in the summer when all of the work is done. I especially remember the warm spring days when it rained and you could almost feel things come to life.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 18, 2013:


Thanks for reading this hub and I really appreciate your comments. Speaking of snakes on our farm, when I was young I remember my dad killing a big snake that was in our silo. I don't know if it it was poisonous, but I do remember that dad was quite animated in telling the story. Dad and I would also climb up in the silo to the top to catch young pidgeons (squabs) at night. He claimed they were good to eat, but I never tried them.

laurathegentleman from Chapel Hill, NC on January 18, 2013:

I always WISHED I had grown up on a farm, and this Hub makes that wish even stronger! I just imagine it as an idyllic, rustic, relaxing life (not to say that it's not hard work, but it's peaceful, in a way.)

Thanks for sharing - this is great!

Kay Comer from Metropolis, Illinois on January 18, 2013:

When I was a little girl growing up in the 1940s and 50's my grandpa had a farm and I'd spend days in his hip pocket going from chore to chore on his farm and I LOVED it. He had a big old barn with double doors and there was some kind of big old snake lived in that barn and so the first thing he'd do when we got to the barn each morning, was get his pitchfork that he kept set outside the barn door...and shoo that snake away. I always thought we should take that pitch fork and KILL that snake :-) I LOVE stories like this! Life was just different back in the 40's and 50's and yes they were hard and folks worked hard but there was just a simplicity and family bond way back then, that is just different from today. I'm very new on Hub pages, but I'm really looking forward to reading a lot of the hubs and even writing my own. Thanks so much for your story!

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 18, 2013:


Thanks for reading this hub and your great insightful comments. I really appreciate you following me and sharing this hub.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 18, 2013:


Thank you very much for reading this hub and your great encouraging comments. When I went away to college, I really wanted to get an education so that I could escape the pains and trudgery of farm life. As I get older, I am getting more and more of an urge to go back to my roots. My Thai wife is from a rural area in Thailand, so it is conceivable I could do some more farming in my later years. A hub on how a Wisconsin farm boy moved to Thailand is something I am considering writing in the future.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on January 17, 2013:

I simply adored this hub! Thank you for sharing, Paul. In my family we sit with a hot pot of coffee and listen to one another share stories. My favorite generally come from a dear aunt and I could listen to her tales for days. Aside from the story, you highlight several very important life-lessons. Too few individuals, grow up on farms and learn these types of lessons anyone and that concerns me. I look forward to reading your other articles and I agree with Billy, a hub on how a Wisconsin farmer moved to Thailand would make an intriguing hub. Best Regards,

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on January 17, 2013:

Hi Paul,

This hub is great, it reminds me of the times growing up that I helped out on random farms for wasn't very often but when I did I loved being around the animals. My father raised chickens and goats in our backyard in California. We would have fresh brown eggs every morning. I agree about the value of hard work, too many of us have had it easier than others. I think every person should put in a months worth of work on a farm to see how hard and rewarding it can be. Very useful hub, voting up, and sharing.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 17, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Thanks for reading this hub and your great encouraging comments. I think all young people should have the chance to work on a farm and discover the life enriching qualities which I learned. The world would be a much better place. I especially appreciate you sharing this hub.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on January 17, 2013:


Thank you very much for reading this hub and your great comments. I really appreciate them.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 17, 2013:

Hi Paul,

Very interesting reading how you learnt these life enriching qualities. I think it is very important for a child to learn the value of hard work, money, team work and others mentioned here to become a better human being. Great hub.

Voted up, useful, interesting. Shared too.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on January 16, 2013:

I, too, grew up in a farm. The values of giving and helping without monetary consolation (we call it bayanihan) still exist in the countryside.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on December 12, 2012:


Thanks for stopping by and your very interesting comments about growing up in Kenya. I must definitely read about your experiences growing up in Kenya. I appreciate your support of this hub.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on December 12, 2012:


Thank you for reading this hub and your great encouraging comments. You may certainly link this hub with yours about picking cotton in the South. I haven't read it yet, but now I am curious to read it. Thanks for your support and sharing this hub.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on December 11, 2012:

Hi Paul,

This article has brought back those fond memories when i was a young boy growing up in rural Kenya on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. It was a humble life and surely i learnt valuable lessons that i cherish even today. I learns how to be hardworking, being self reliant and most of all i learnt the value of growing up in a large family. This is a great write up, voted up and useful.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 11, 2012:

I can certainly relate to this Hub! I grew up on a farm in South Carolina, and I so agree with the moral lessons one can learn from growing up this way. I learned to do hard work, milking cows, picking cotton, slopping the hogs, helping my dad plow the fields, etc.

It all added up to making me a better person! Too bad the children of modern society don't have this advantage.

May I link this Hub into mine about picking cotton in the South?

Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on November 02, 2012:


Thanks for reading my hub and your inspiring comments. Thanks also for following me. I look forward to reading your hubs.

Deb Welch on November 01, 2012:

Hard work but good work and God's people. You learned valuable lessons. I was never spoiled and had to do chores in order to get extra money as a kid growing up. My mother came from a country farm and my dad only knew hard back-breaking work - these ways were taught to us. Excellent Hub - easy to follow - voted across the board except funny.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on July 02, 2012:

Kiwi girl,

Thanks for reading and your comments. I'm happy you like my style.

kiwi gal on July 02, 2012:

So True. Town people take a lot for granted. Good hard work never hurt anyone. Great hub, will look forward to reading more of your hubs. Like your style, tell it like it is.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 18, 2012:

Thanks for the good words, Billy. Also thanks for the suggestion about a future hub.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2012:

A former farmer living in Thailand? Now there is a hub all by itself! Great hub! I'm the only member of my family not born on an Iowa corn farm and a part of me wishes I had been. Thanks for the wonderful lessons about life.

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