Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Buck Owens went on to fame & fortune here in California vowing never to work those fields again.
That is the biggest and broadest question you could ask. First I would say that there is no way to tell precisely how he turnes out, but I know a number of men with starts that resemble what we see here that turned out to be great contributors to or protectors of our way of life. West Texas has produced a high percentage of those young men. The real key to guessing how things turned out would requir us to look closely at the parents of these people. A stable loving family will do the most to develop the finer qualities that last a lifetime.Hopefully, we can begin to turn from the path we are on in the US and get back to the basics that our forefathers were brought up under. It is as simple as turning off the TV and talking about current events or other happenings while listening to a ball game on the radio. Simply, talk to the young people.
He worked the farm with his father and grandfather until they passed on and the farm became his. Then developers came in and bought the land from him for a very pretty penny, giving him wealth he had never imagined. Having worked all his life in the burning sun with little to show for it, he decided that he deserved a change of scenery. With that in mind he took his money and bought a nice little spread in Northern AZ for him and his family. They ran a few cows, grew a nice garden, and lived quite nicely, for quite a few years. Now he is an old man in his 80's living in a nursing home in Mesa. His children and grand children have parceled off the ranch to a new set of developers, who are selling it off at a huge profit as mini-ranches to the next generation of yuppies eager to stake their claim in that highly coveted area. His children and grand children have moved on to lives in the city that revolve around computers and technology and have nothing to do with the rural life they were raised in. There he stays in the nursing home happy to receive an occasional visit. Most of his days are spent with other old men, much like himself. They pass the time playing cards and reliving the days when life was hard but rewarding, and a man's word meant something. He doesn't understand how his children and grand children could be happy in their cookie cutter homes, behind the walls of gated communities. Especially since he tried so hard to raise them to appreciate the beauty of the desert around them. They in turn, go through the hustle and bustle of their city lives. They have gadgets and toys and are always on the go. They have no clue how he could have enjoyed a life of such hard work in such a rural setting, without all the comforts that they enjoy.
Truly, well put Cindy. I like this comment better then any other I have read on any subject on this blog.Well done Mam.
I agree. Kudos, Cindy!-Anne K.
Although it may not have been that particular young man's story. It is in fact a very true story of a family I know in Arizona.
The age old question- How are you going to keep them on the farm?
He looks like he could be pondering the fact that there has to be other life out there to see. Only to later find out that the simple life on the farm/country is the best life.