Stories from the Field

So, What Do Your Parents Do?

By Jacque Johnson

There have been a few times recently that I have asked one of my peers what their parents do. A question that is very standard that I would expect most people to know the answer to. My peers have proceeded to tell me that they aren’t really sure what their parents do or even what their job title is. I am shocked by this because growing up on a ranch, I know exactly what my parents do because I am doing it right alongside of them.

There are few people who get to work with their parents and help them out every day. I never really realized the blessing of this until I sat back and thought about the fact that my friends aren’t even sure what a normal day in their parents’ lives looks like. The life lessons learned while working on the ranch with my family are priceless.

Having the opportunity to work alongside my family has really helped me get to know and appreciate all of my family members’ strengths and weaknesses. Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses enables us to work well together and accomplish the tasks that need to be completed.

If you don’t really know what your parents’ do every day, it is really hard to appreciate how hard they work. Knowing what my parents’ do has really helped me appreciate just exactly how hard my parents work and the knowledge that they have for their job.

I have two older brothers and getting to work with them has been one of my biggest blessings. There is never a dull moment when we are all working together. We have countless inside jokes that are most certainly brought up when we are all together. There are many times where a memory will pop into one of our heads and we have to send each other a quick snapchat in our sibling group chat.  My brothers and I have always had a pretty close relationship and I can accredit this to the fact that we have had to work together and learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and who is better at which tasks.

There have been times where I may have taken for granted the fact that I get to work alongside my parents and brothers. I am so grateful for this opportunity that very few people have. So, go ahead, ask me what my parents do, I’ll be glad to tell you!

Jacque Johnson is a senior at Grand Island Northwest High School. After she graduates, she hopes to go to college and major in ag business with a possible minor in ag communications and leadership. She is heavily involved in 4-H and FFA and loves showing cattle.

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