A few weeks ago I came across two posts in my facebook timeline that caused me to stop in my tracks. As an overly busy person, stopping for much of anything is rare and something has to be pretty powerful to catch my attention for very long. The two posts I saw that day came together and inspired an idea.
Have you seen the “Humans of New York” page on facebook? It shows a little glimpse into the lives of random people on the street in New York City via a simple photo and a short story. Each of the posts on that page remind me that we are all connected, despite our differences and we all have a unique story to tell.
So back to the day that this idea started… I was scrolling through my facebook feed and I read a post on the “Humans of New York” page and then I scrolled down and saw another photo and story that was just as captivating from a farm friend of mine. The idea to share little glimpses of the real life people behind the food in the grocery store was born and thus, a new series of posts that will be shared both here and on my facebook page was born. I hope you will follow along and share these posts with your friends. After all, is life in NYC or a dairy farm in Wisconsin really different when we get down to what makes us all tick?
With that, I would like to introduce you all to my friend Ruth, her post was the other post I saw that day a few weeks ago. Her story is the inspiration behind this new series. I hope you’ll enjoy Humans of Agriculture.
Humans of Agriculture Ruth’s Story.
“I’m glad I don’t have hardly any mirrors in my house, otherwise I might have a real problem. I am much more comfortable looking at myself with a hat or scarf. At times, looking at myself when I am feeling good is difficult because I look in the mirror and see a sick person – scars, deformed, and bald. And I don’t feel sick at that point. During chemo week and when I’m sick, I just plain don’t care so it doesn’t matter looking into the mirror.
This will be the longest stretch in my life not milking cows, too risky for me to get infections when my blood count is so low. I’m so injury prone, get scratches here and there and don’t even pay attention when I’m out working but infection is now a very big issue. So I must be patient and enjoy looking at my girls when I go for a walk.”