Last week, along with 175 million others, Farmer Michael bought a megawinalottamoney ticket. After rolling my eyes, I was informed (with slow drawl…) “You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.”
We had a rare moment to ourselves, so we discussed the age old question what would we do with the 640 million dollars when we won. 10 minutes latter Farmer Michael had created his dream empire including that fancy new store, the best 50,000 acre ranch he could find, a full time staff, new barns and so on….
After about twelve tractors, and a ridiculous amount of livestock, I finally asked, “Well, what would you buy me?” He said, “That’s hard, but I think I would throw away all your clothes so you would have to go shopping.” K, I’m not even going to go into how lame of an answer this is, I knew from day one he wasn’t be best at spending money on someone else. A shopping spree would be nice, (and kind of expected if you win the lottery right?) but I was thinking more along the lines of taking me on a nice vacation to Australia that I’ve always wanted! He laughed saying, “No way! I would never leave my farm if I had just won the lottery! I would have so much to do and have so much fun doing it because I wouldn’t have to worry about money!!! Maybe like five years latter once everything was running smoothly I’ll take you to Florida.”
This peeved me just a bit (and the latter statement was purposely said to ruffle my feathers a bit,) but then I got to thinking, it was pretty cool. Your farmer loves what he is doing so much that if he didn’t have to work another day in his life, he would still get up at sunrise to play in dirt and wrestle animals all day long. Do you have that kind of passion for your job? I sure don’t. I love the farm life and I love y’all, but I would hire a maid, go shopping and go on a month long vacation leaving the hard work to someone else!
We didn’t win the lottery, but I wanted to share this little story about my man’s passions for farming with y’all. Life on the farm can be quite hard, and this last week was a rough one for me, but I think God gave me this moment as a gift to remind me why I love this man so much, and I hope you appreciate him even more now too!