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View from the Cab: Time Flies

(CIFN photo)

As I was driving down a two-lane country road the other day, some songs came on the radio that really got me thinking about how fast time really does go.

I first heard Luke Bryan’s new song, “Fast.” In case you don’t know, the lyrics go like this: “Sixty seconds now feels more like thirty. Tick-Tock, won’t stop and round it goes. Sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry and all you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in.”

Next up was Kenny Chesney’s song “Don’t Blink” which includes these words: “Don’t blink. Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and you’re 25 and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife. Don’t blink. You just might miss your babies growing like mine did.”

As I get older, time seems to go by faster every day and I hear it doesn’t slow down any. I can’t believe it is almost spring and time to get the planters out when it seems we just put the combines in the shed for winter. It feels like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and now we are busy preparing for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations.

After experiencing 2016, my family has learned to value time and make the most of every moment because those things you thought mattered before really don’t in the end. I must admit I am guilty of getting caught up in my work and busy schedule, but we all need to slow down just a little, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

In fact, I hope to savor each moment during the upcoming growing season. From planting to harvest, I will be doing what I love and I need to remember that on those days where things aren’t going right or something breaks down. As farmers, we need to remind ourselves that we are feeding the world. If we don’t do it, who will?

Speaking of planting, we spent some time working on the planter last week. Nothing gets me in the mood for the season more than handling some wrenches, screwdrivers and hammers. It has been a long time since I have gone home with dirt in my hair and grease on my hands, although it seems like just yesterday.

(The View from the Cab blog is powered each week by Petersen Chevrolet-Buick along Route 24 in Fairbury)

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