Tornado file photo from Metro Creative Connection.

I’m working on a story for next week’s edition about delayed planting. It’s on almost every farmer’s mind.

The farmers keep going to the windows and looking out. Hoping that a few hours of sunshine might dry the soil out just enough to get something done.

If they are not at the windows, then they are turning the television to the weather channel looking at the extended forecast. Or in between chores, they whip out their cell phone and check the weather and markets.

It’s a constant balancing act. Look at the sky. Look at the forecast and back again.

The good thing is that most farmers are not in panic mode yet. They are just filling their time with chores and hoping … hoping for that chance to get in the fields.

Yes, there are times when the weather here in Ohio and Pennsylvania gets to us and we are all frustrated. We even say we are moving south!

People in this area just made it through one of the snowiest winters on record in the hopes of a nice spring … and yet it isn’t here yet either.

I was reminded by a cattle producer that called this morning of something very important though.

He said he told his wife a few weeks ago that he didn’t know if he could take very many more winters or wet chilly springs here in this area.

And then they were reminded of something today. The cattle producer said he woke up to hearing about the tragedy in the south and more than 200 deaths in Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

He said families were destroyed and the South, as many knew it, was turned upside down.

It was then his wife said something that hit home to the man.

“Yes, we could move. But do you realize, every area of the country has their own tragedies to deal with. You are complaining because of the rain and snow. It will end. Those people’s lives will never be the same.”

I just thought the man shared his life’s lesson with me as well.

We can complain about the weather here but it’s almost guaranteed, someone has got it worse somewhere else.

The next time I hear someone complaining about the rain, I think I will remind them it could be much worse.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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