Posted by Farmer Sam | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-01-2010
The point of this series is to let you get some level of familiarity with the people who have made the FarmerSam experience a pleasurable reality. I begin this series with Dave because I cannot imagine how I would have pulled this first year off if Dave had not been on board.
Life is a triage. That is one of Dave’s favorite sayings. Well, I guess I don’t know if it is or not, but I’ve heard him say it several times, and it has stuck with me. Triage is the part of the medical process where the cases are sorted according to urgency or survival odds, with the most urgent or promising cases being dealt with first. It implies chaos and, to me, conjures up a battle-field setting. Dave is very busy, and has a lot of important relationships that require his attention, but from my very first day here at the church, it has been clear that our family ranks high on whatever evaluative tool he has to determine where to invest his time. I have often felt guilty for all that Dave does for me…but I know that’s not what he would want.
Dave is a master carpenter (at least that’s what I think of him as…you should see the kitchen cabinets he made for the parsonage). As such, he is highly skilled with his hands and with the tools & supplies of his trade, and is generous with the use of all of them. He made my killing cones, dropped off several piles of wood and fasteners, has been attempting to innovate a new tool for pulling my pens around, has spent serious hours keeping his tractors (and their various implements) in working order, taught me to use the bush hog, has talked through numerous design issues I’ve had, helped me solve my “I have my hens, but no hen house, and it’s getting cold” problem, and figured out how to use the tractor to dig the ditch for the electric cable which will power palace. Dave has saved me so much time and money, it really is incalculable (by my means at least). More importantly, Dave has supported me. He has taken me and my endeavor seriously, and has spent a lot of himself on me. He’s an amazing example of selflessness, and FarmerSam would definitely not be where he is without him.
Life is a triage, and more often than not, Dave is the medic.