I think it is safe to say that the majority of families involved in agriculture work with each other. This is an observation I have garnered over the years through chatting with other folks who work in farming, and a vast majority of those of us who work in the farming industry work alongside family members.
It’s a vibe.
I’m sorry, I had to.
I thought it might be kind of fun to write a post about working with family and the reality of the situation. We are just about finished up seeding tobacco trays on our farm, and because I’ve been working with my dad and sister for a few days now doing trays, the experience of working with family is fresh in my mind.
Let’s consider some points I’ve composed depicting what it is actually like to work with your family, in my own words.
Working with family is simultaneously one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you can encounter in life.
There are moments in which you literally cannot stop laughing.
There are moments in which you literally cannot stop contemplating how you’re going to murder them, discreetly.
There are moments in which you literally cannot stop contemplating how you’re going to murder them, blatantly.
Some days it feels like you can’t get away from them.
Some days it feels like no matter how many hours you put in with them, it isn’t enough.
Insults are hurled rather consistently.
There is a lot of yelling.
There is a lot of swearing.
Injuries are interesting as you’re not sure whether to laugh or be worried.
You will develop a fierce sense of pride in the process of working with family.
Privacy can be limited.
Emotions can and will get the best of you.
As much as it can suck a dong at times, I wouldn’t trade working with my family for anything.