Ileigh just finished reading Farmer Boy to the children before bed. It was such an enjoyable book, especially now that we're on a farm!! We have 6 Farmer Boys of our own! And 2 Farmgirls too!
At the end of the book Almanzo is trying to decide whether or not to become a farmer or go to town and begin an apprenticeship with a buggy maker. This is what his Father has to say;
"A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you're a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard, but you work as you please, and no man can tell you to go or come. You'll be free and independent, son. on a farm."
If this doesn't sum it up for us I don't know what would!!