What do you say? What do you say to man who risks a good portion of his family wealth every year, so you can eat?
What do you say to the man who starts working at 4 a.m. and doesn’t stop until he tumbles into bed bone-tired?
What do you say to the family who worry that the rising cost of land will prevent their children from doing the work they want to do?
What do you say to the man who’s running the combine at 2 a.m. because harvest is late and he’s trying to beat the snow?
What do you say to the women who stay up making coffee and food to bring to the men running the combines at 2 a.m.?
What do you say to the family that works at least 12 hours a day and still finds time to volunteer at the elementary school and serve on the church’s missions board?
What do you say to the family that doesn’t complain and goes about their work when the university philosophers opine on what constitutes a real farmer?
What do you say to the family who has to confront the possibility of drought destroying their livelihood – every year?
What do you say to the people who create 24 million jobs for the rest of us?
What do you say to the people who quietly go about their work, don’t seek the media limelight, pay their taxes, support their communities, and love the land they work?
What do you say?
We say thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving to the people who make it possible for the rest of us.