Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cutting Tobacco

This picture was taken in 1917, and is shows a 10 year old cutting tobacco. The farm was near Gildersleeve, Connecticut. Several days ago Ken made a comment that he had picked tobacco, and how the leaves were harvested from the bottom. This picture sort of reflects his description. Sometimes I wonder if it was really such a bad idea to have little kids do hard work like this. Today, we expect too little from our kids, and I wonder if they would really be able to take care of themselves if they had to.

Domestic Update:

Things are going very well in Chickie Town. I got 9 eggs yesterday (from 10 chickens). We are getting at least 8 eggs a day. Perhaps Mrs. PJM's "soft" management style is achieving results . . . happy chickens lay lots of great eggs.


  1. I think that hard work (up to a point) would be great for today's kids. Sometimes my 7 year old has a sense of entitlement that does not make me too happy. Today's society focuses to much on the materialistic instead of the value of hard work, integrity, honesty, and morality. Just my opinion.

  2. Hard work didn't hurt me any. At age 11, I was cleaning the house and watching after my 4 brothers. I was also cooking the noon meal for my father, mother and uncle, who were working in the fields. By age 13 , I was out there working with them. Hoeing cotton, corn, later on picking cotton.
    At age 17, we had moved to Dallas, so my father took me up to the nearest shopping center and told me to go in the first store and ask for a job, if I wasn't hired, go to the next one.
    Looking back, I think it gave me a better since of responsibility. Something the kids of today just don't have.

  3. I'm from ND and I celebrated my 14th birthday down in Kansas custom combing. So as I remember it I start driving a combine when I was 11 or 12. We also had a farm and I was the one who cleaned the grain and planted the grain. Did the summer fallowing and then in the fall I did have some help from my brothers with the harvesting.
    I grew up respecting what a dollar could buy, and only on rare occasions did I waste money.
    Don't get me wrong, we would take trips and eat out, but I never had the need to buy a snowmobile or a motorcycle.
    We always had a good working vehicle, never went hungry or needed to wear old used clothes. I had 4 kids that I gave an allowance to. but they grew up with the fact that if they wanted something special that they had to earn the money themselves. All 4 of them had a paper route One washed dishes at a large restraint and was able to buy herself a nice car. All of them had nice savings accounts when they graduated from high school. One had over $3500.00 in hers.
    And none of them died from hard work.

  4. But I did buy a tractor. It has a mower for it and a box scraper, and has a loader with a 5 ft. bucket

  5. I am in my 50's. Had to do a lot of the housework while both my parents worked. It didn't hurt me a bit, and gave me life-long skills. My young adult kids were active in sports and school activities and didn't really have household responsibilities due to extreme time constraints. I regret that now. They appear to be clueless about basic things.

    I worked for a tobacco company in Durham N.C. in an office job. I know smoking is bad, but the whole tobacco culture was a wonderful part of southern life.

  6. Working is very good for kids. We don't want children in sweatshops or worked like mules, but the extent of today's government intrusion on letting children work is ridiculous. It makes it damn near impossible for a young person to grow up. In fact, we are prolonging childhood to an absurd extent in this country.

    On another topic, the chickens are laying a lot of eggs because spring is here. If you want to learn about chickens, see if you can find an excellent book on the topic by Minnie Rose Lovegren's "Recipe for Raising Chickens." You can get it on Amazon at:

  7. I must join you all in agreeing that work does not hurt kids. It helps them learn patience, diligence, planning, discipline, and pride of accomplishment among other things. And now that I think of it, I think that working hard can help a kid become less self centered and more concerned about others. It teaches you how to work with others and be part of the community.

    Our 3 girls all attended the local YMCA summer camp for several years. It is a wondrous place located on Lake Allatoona. It has woods, hiking, horses, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, camping, canoeing, soccer, games, sweat and dirt. Pure heaven in my book, but I was too old to attend!

    One day when the girls had attended for several years, one of the long time camp counselors came up to me. He said that our girls were always well behaved, always helped others, always got along well with others, and always helped out with cleaning and straightening without being asked. He asked us what we had done right!!! I replied that we had taught them respect, and how to work.

    I was filled with pride for my girls, and sad to see that such values are rare enough that they are commented on.

    Wish I could have some chickens. The durn !@#$&!! city folks who took over this county have put the kibosh on that.

  8. What an alluring image this is - have saved this one!

  9. Great comments, thank you all.

    I must add that today's kids, at least most of them, are spoiled rotten, and it shows in the sense of entitlement displayed by the majority of U.S. society today including most of the politicians.

    On the bright side, home grown eggs are awesome :)