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Best commercial: 'So God made a farmer'

The Super Bowl is behind us for another year, and I confess, I didn’t watch a minute of it. The only reason I ever watch is for the commercials and the halftime show. My husband really dislikes football, so we watched “The Music Man” instead. Pretty good choice, in my opinion.

I did see one of the best commercials ever the next day plastered all over Facebook. It was a Dodge Ram commercial with Paul Harvey’s voice and his monologue titled “So God Made a Farmer.” Sounds silly, but it actually made me cry. Maybe because I grew up on a farm, I could relate to it. I had a good understand of the part where he talked about getting up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows, working all day in the field, milking the cows again and then going to town until midnight.

My family had a dairy farm and that’s how we lived. Until my dad sold the cattle, our only vacation was to go to the fair every night during its run. We went to the Heart of Illinois Fair in Peoria and saw every grandstand show and every tractor pull, rode the rides on the midway and loved every minute of it.

Now it seems odd to think of never having a real vacation, but at the time I didn’t think it was strange. That was just our life. Having dairy cows is not like having pets that you can either travel with or put in a kennel for a few days. Someone has to be there twice a day to milk the cows. And not just anyone can do it. Not only is it hard work, the cattle are stressed by change. They don’t like different voices.

It’s not a life for everyone, that’s for sure.

While I’m glad I’m not tied down to such a huge commitment now, I sometimes miss the simpler things in life. Somehow, Paul Harvey captured all that.

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As I finish laying out this week’s paper, I’m debating whether or not I should attend the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. I reserved a couple of seats and I hope to get there, but we’ll see what Old Man Winter throws down this afternoon.

Either way, I’ll tell you next week about members honored during the meeting.

And in the meantime, stay warm and safe and enjoy this week’s Valley Free Press.

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