February is Temporary

Today I had to shoot a pig that was ill and had no chance of recovering.  It was declining and suffering greatly, so putting it out of its misery was basically necessary. 

It seems typical that this should happen during February, the most dismal month of the year.  In February, winter continues its existance and often brings its strongest snowstorms.  When it does get above freezing, the result is a muddy mess that lingers for weeks.

I hope nobody else has to shoot a pig, or anything for that matter, under such a situation in their lifetime.  I actually felt almost nothing, however.  I wouldn’t say I’m desensitized though.  Living on a farm my entire life has helped me “be one with nature” for lack of a better description.  I believe I recognize many of the complexities of nature through a type of farming that is sustainable.  Our pigs are well cared for, and they are content.  The same is true with our cattle.  Our crops are grown in a way that builds up the soil instead of breaking it down.

February is short, and that is a relief.  The coming March brings a reminder that hopelessness does not exist.  We as a nation might be in the midst of an economic February at the moment.  But just as we know that spring will come, we can look throughout history and discover that the economic hard times will not last forever.

You have to trust in God when you’re a farmer.  Also, when you’re a banker.  Or a teacher.  Or a factory worker.  Not everything is going to turn out the way you want it to, and sometimes all you can do is pray that it will soon be better.  February never sticks around too long.



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About danielrosmann

I am a farmer from southwest Iowa. I raise organic cattle and hogs as well as various organic crops. I type with two fingers and average about 4 words per minute. I start many sentences with I. Also, I'm less funny in person probably.

1 thought on “February is Temporary

  1. Dar Williams has a great song called “February” that expresses a lot of the same sentiments…

    “First we forgot where we’d planted those bulbs last year
    And then we forgot that we’d planted at all
    Then we forgot what plants are all together
    And I blamed you for my freezing and forgetting and
    The nights were dark and cold and scary
    So we came to February…
    …And February was so long that it lasted into March
    And found us walking a path alone together
    You stopped and pointed and you said, ‘That’s a crocus’
    And I said, ‘What’s a crocus?’
    And you said, ‘It’s a flower.’
    I tried to remember, but I asked, ‘What’s a flower?’
    You said, ‘I still love you.’…
    …And when we got home, well we just started chopping wood
    Cause you never know how next year will be
    And we’ll gather all our arms can carry
    I have lost to February.”

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