4-H Books: A lesson in how history repeats itself

Life in the Farm Lane

7/30/2014 9:26 AM

The deadline for my son’s 4-H project books is looming. And, yes, we're burning the midnight oil to get the books up to date. Sound familiar? Flash back about 20 years ago and the 4-H’er was me frantically pulling cow project records together, logging hours on the prescribed activities and finalizing my books. Roll back a few more years, and my mom and dad were pushing my brother and me to get our books done. When I showed cows in Wyoming County, Pa., project books were turned in shortly after getting the cows settled in at the county roundup. No book, no show.

It’s pretty much the same rule in my son’s 4-H program.

The irony is you would think as someone who has been behind the deadline with pulling the needed information for my books, I would have it together for my son’s project. The challenge is a thing called life happening compounded by a long list of summertime activities that come with school being out. Now, we are working our way through the book. The good news, the activities are done. Now it’s the records and his 4-H project story.

I will breathe a sigh of relief when they are turned in and try to work with my son to be more on track for 2014-15.

 -- Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade, special sections editor

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