Summarizing “Farm Girl”
Christopher R. Braddy
Professor Chrissy Haught
July 19, 2012
I have chosen to read and summarize Farm Girl by Jessica Hemauer. She talks about growing up on a farm and what is involved in the day to day activities as told from her perspective. She goes on to tell about work-life balance and how difficult it can be to manage your time. Towards the end she explains how growing up on a farm taught her to be hard working, responsible, and humble. I believe her intent is to show that hard work and determination pay off favorably.
Early in the essay the writer explains how she could not be involved socially at school because of ...view middle of the document...
I think the writer of this essay was attempting to be somewhat of a motivation for young girls. In my opinion, her purpose was to show how hard work and dedication payoff well for those that apply themselves. This was written as a reflection of her own life and what has made her who she is today. The audience of this essay spans many generations. Young girls may enjoy reading this to learn from her experience. Someone older may read it as inspiration to not quit because things are too difficult in balancing work, school, and life. An adult may read this and reflect on their own life experiences and what has influenced them to be the person they are today. The tone of the essay is very positive. She feels good about who she is and how she got there. She enjoys sharing her life and hopes it positively influences someone. She get conceited towards the end when she says “Try hiring some farm girls. I hear they turn out pretty good.” (Hemauer, unknown)
Reading this essay makes me reflect on my own upbringing. I can relate to the author as I spent a lot of time on a farm growing up. It wasn’t a dairy farm like the one she speaks of, but we did have cows. I was responsible for feeding them, building and mending fences, and cutting hay. It was a lot of hard work. I notice that I do not give up on difficult tasks as easily as some do. I do not mind the extreme hot or cold in most cases. I may not be a young, strong teenager anymore, but I do believe my upbringing on the farm has helped me develop into the hard working man I am today.
Hemauer, J. (unknown). Farm Girl. 83-87.