July 13, 2013

The Humble Farmer: To those compelled to help, whether it's needed or not

The real heroes are people who admit they know nothing about whatever it is you’re trying to repair.

By Robert Skoglund

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For almost 60 years, my brother has polished this skill and long ago mastered the art of sipping a cold drink in the shade while some sweating Lemme Show Ya Boy either repairs the machine or completely destroys it. You know as well as I do that it is hard to keep from elbowing aside an incompetent friend who is silently crying out for help.

How many times have you seen a man admit defeat and then quietly stand aside and ask you how to fix the catch on his wife's dishwashing machine? If you are ready, we are about to salute those precious few who are strong enough to do an about-face and walk away from anything resembling a mechanical challenge. Only an exceptional been-there, done-that man who is mentally mature can execute the maneuver with panache.

I handed my digital camera to Steve, who was sitting next to me at the breakfast table, said that there were 172 pictures in that camera that I'd like to erase and asked if he knew how to do it. Steve, who used to teach psychology at Penn State, handed back the camera and said, "I don't know a thing about it." 

The humble Farmer can be seen on Community Television in and near Portland, heard on WMPG Community Radio and visited at his website:



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