Honestly, that’s not all that far off. We’ve been up about 3 weeks every year at MIL’s farm (she only share-cropped at the end so not really working), and there were chores like collecting eggs, mowing, etc., but for fun there was shooting at least every week, archery, and there were explosives but not lately. They all have stories about it, though. So maybe a stereotype but not absurdly. All 3 of my kids (including the 11 year old) have been taken shooting in the back. (I don’t see why a range though, usually there is a target or a pile of sticks with something on it to shoot at, you wouldn’t leave the farm for that)
I wonder how many kids don’t learn cursive. My son never picked it up (he’s 15) but my 2 younger kids did. A year ago, when I worked in the third grade, a good half the kids wrote EVERYTHING in cursive. I think that, like me, a lot learn it and then type everything and never really use it, but everyone in NC is supposed to learn it in third grade.
It could be that the marketing was intense, but I found both her strip that let the kids grow and mature and her refreshingly-honest pregnancy books to be a breath of fresh air. They truly were different. And while Cathy can be a bit grating by returning to the same jokes over and over (I liked her when I was younger), Lynn is a bit more wide-ranging in her topics. My middle child adored this strip since she was about 8! It definitely has an appeal to a certain type of person. I’m glad someone marketed it so we can still have it in our lives. It’s been my favorite since I was a teen at least, and that’s a LONG time.
Yes, that’s the kind of time that people do revert to a native language. Welcome, other people who read the Spanish and the English versions! I’ve been doing that for years.
As some of us are struggling with right now, every parent has issues and kids being around the same parents all the time, they pick up those issues. It’s good to get them away and meet people with different strengths and weaknesses. They recognise what is good in their parents (and maybe not the other people they’re with), and vice-versa. The closest thing we have in current society for young people (at least, in terms of adults) is school, where teachers sometimes drive kids insane, but often give kids something they really need and their parents can’t give them- a sense of humor, calm, youth, different perspectives, etc. We don’t have that sort of mentoring so often in the type of jobs kids get until they’re older, and not always then. Interesting perspective, thanks.
This seems to be a case of exactly what John and Elly wanted— Michael doing work he wouldn’t normally have done, learning from people he normally wouldn’t see, and being away from other kids, being on his best behavior. It makes me want to let my kids work on a farm. It makes me want to work on a farm.
Lynn’s Comments: All the people in this story really exist. It was fun to put their names in the paper!
They do, not for babies on errands but for larger kids on long hikes. Your 1 or 2 year old who won’t ride on your front, can’t hike 6 miles, and carrying them is very difficult. We have a picture of a hike we took where I think I had the baby (3 months) in a front carrier, and my husband had the older child (just under 2) in the backpack.
That is so sweet! Definitely not a story I’ve seen in my own/friends’ lives, but it’s nice to know there are times when it happens.
Yes,, this is an exaggerated example of how we do laugh at people (I think it’s not just teens, given the popularity of “People of Walmart”), instead of seeing what’s really important. I do like that Lynn is willing to make £lly the “bad guy” in these strips occasionally.