There is really nothing quite like small town America. Your list of family includes your close friends and neighbors. Neighbors help neighbors even though a neighbor is classified as someone who can live 15 or 20 miles away. We work from sunup to sundown. We view some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises because we are still working at that time of day.
Spring is a very busy time of year for America’s farmers and ranchers. Calving. Branding. Vaccinating and deworming. Taking cows to summer pasture. Fixing fence. Spraying weeds. Prepping fields for planting. And the list goes on and on. But there is something to be said for 22 men to take a day away from the long list that needs done to help a friend in need.
And that’s exactly what happened recently in south central Nebraska.
A friend of ours needed a mile and a half of barbed wire fence built before cattle could be turned out for summer pasture in a few weeks. He was occupied with other things and wasn’t able to build the fence. Troy decided to help him out and organized a crew of men to help build the fence. What started out as a crew of 5 or 6 quickly grew to more than a dozen wanting to help our friend in need.
When Troy told our friend in need what we had planned a few days before the event, he got choked up with tears on the phone. He was so grateful for what his family, friends, neighbors and community were doing for him.
Friends donated supplies, fuel, skid steer tractors, posthole diggers, pickups, flatbed trailers and most importantly, their time and labor. Troy figured two days of fence building to get the job done.
On the big day, 22 hard working men showed up to help build fence. A mile and a half of barbed wire fence was built in 7 hours. Now that’s getting something done! Even the ladies helped out by bringing water, Gatorade and food for the crew!
We were all amazed by the turnout of people who wanted to help our friend in need. This is why America’s farmers and ranchers are such a generous group of people. We will stop what we are doing in our busy lives to help a friend in need. I am very blessed to live in an area where this isn’t a second nature.
This is small town America. It’s the place where everyone knows your name.