Nothing inspires bad jokes like bad weather.
Our front pasture
This summer’s drought is the worst I’ve ever seen in the Midwest, and I’m getting to be old enough to make that count for something. It’ll have a devastating economic impact on tens of thousands of farmers, and there’s absolutely nothing funny about that. Yet they still find ways to wring a smile out of each other with jokes so bad, they’re good.
Our southern Minnesota farmer/rural banker/country philosopher friend Darwin Anthony relays this story from a farmer who recently stopped by his office: “I went out to my garden this morning to see how it was handling the hot weather, and found two raccoons carrying buckets of water to the sweet corn patch.”
You groan, then chuckle, then try not to think about the reality behind it all. I grew up on a farm. My family and friends farm. I’ve written about farmers and ranchers most of my life. But I’m still constantly amazed by their strength and resilience—and more than a little humbled, even when they’re telling the world’s worst jokes.
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