People don’t choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
John Roderigo Dos Passos
Familiar, is the chatter coming from the boys. Dios and My Hero are talking about the auction that lies down the road. Wondering what they will see or buy.
Oh how I missed this “driving chatter” after our long winter. It happens to be the first big social event of the year for hardworking farmers. Yes we sometimes call it a social. I guess you would have to be a farmer to understand that one. Everyone coming together to support a farmer and the family who are selling treasures and equipment, gathered over years of farming. This particular auction happened to, not, be an estate auction.
The auction business is a necessary part of every farmers business. Helping farmers who are downsizing before retirement or in some cases, unfortunately, helping the families settle an estate. Like it or not, it has to be done. If you look closely at these auctions, you may just see how that very same farmer supported another farmer. Oh yes this very same farmer had bought and was now selling some of the same equipment or things he bought at another farmers auction long ago. Round and round, that is the business. I like to call it supporting each other when needed. Like it or not, it has to be done.
Most auctioneers I have ever seen in the business know exactly how emotional this time can be for the families. Most auctioneers are very understanding and strive to make it as painless as possible for these families. A great sense of humour provided by the auctioneer and the more graceful he handles the situation during this time, does not go unnoticed by the people (farmers) in the crowd. The auctioneer with the best “stage presence” for lack of a better term will always bring in the buyers. He will also be the one another family will hire to do their auction, when the time comes. Familiarity of the emotions attached to the situation, and knowing that they can make it easier never goes unnoticed.
I do think most of us farmers understand that this is a necessary part of the business. Even in knowing that, you may quickly find out you are not really ready. Myself, I understand that the necessary big farm auction, will happen to us sometime, hopefully long into the distant future, but you never really know.
If you are lucky you will be able to pick that time. Knowing that our own things here from our farm may help another farmer especially a young farmer just starting out would give me great comfort. Can you imagine if no one showed up to your auction? Imagine that. Oh it would be so much more difficult for the family. I am positive of that. I will always think of it as supporting families in this business that I love. I will never refer to it as “The circling of vultures” something I have heard it referred to before by those who do not understand. Farmers helping farmers. That, I think, is the right way to think.
Listening to the chatter from the boys while driving, I can tell they are going to enjoy this one. There will be a lot of equipment and tools. Apparently “so and so” will be there selling I love his auctions.
I think I heard something about a ladder, that darn My Hero is getting quite the collection. I still have no idea why. But I have heard him say many times, that he does have a plan.