Dark winter mornings filled with mud and snow.

Muggy summer sunrises sweating before the work was even begun.

A hard life of  labor, washing the teats of the cows before milking, mixing milk replacement for the calves, hauling water and bales of hay and straw by hand until the tips of his fingers split open and bled from the cold and the wet. Never outwardly complaining, taping his fingers and his boots and working through it.

It was a hard life and he wore it well.  The old rubber boots were just part of the story.  There was so much more.


photo credits: Courtney Wright

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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16 Responses to Dad

  1. Feeling this one deep inside. Beautiful. Your dad was quite a man.


  2. Norma says:

    Lovely description! Beautifully written piece.
    I’m sure there’s more to tell….

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely descriptions.


  4. Nan Falkner says:

    This is a story with soul and a very good message. Nicely done!


  5. This is a truly loving tribute, well written.


  6. Dale says:

    That was brilliantly done.


  7. There was a dairy farm just down the road from our house. My brothers and I took the stainless steel milk containers down twice a week to get filled. Your tale brought back so many memories of the family there.


  8. Liz Young says:

    There are still lots of farmers like Dad – well drawn.


  9. granonine says:

    I really like this character. Backbone of any society.


  10. Loved the imagery in this story – and yes, so much more for the reader’s imagination to fill in. Great stuff!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  11. Nice heartfelt story, well done


  12. lisarey1990 says:

    Beautifully descriptive.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely fond snapshot. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

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