Norwegian Farmer’s Son…October 24th

October 24th…“WHAT KIND OF WATCH DID YOUR FATHER AND/OR GRANDFATHER CARRY ON YOUR FARM THERE IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA?”

POEM – “I’d Watch His Watch”  by N. Elliott Noorlun

#281=Mother's Day&Rosie's 5th BD; May 13, 1951
Elliott’s father, Russell (far right), usually had his pocket watch just behind where he has his hand in this family photo.

I’d watch his watch, On leather tether,

Slide up out of farmer’s bib pocket,

To be glanced upon, To see the time,

Then gently placed back in its socket.

#896.1 Edwin Noorlun circa 1953
Grandfather Edwin

Even Grandfather, too, In his coveralls blue,

Whenever he’d come to chat,

Needed to know, What pocket watch would show,

To see just when the time was to scat.

NFS 10.24b
If only a farmer could “stretch time”.

For even a farmer, Would like to stretch time,

To get more work done in a day.

Or to get work all done, Afore setting of sun,

So he and the family could play.

NFS 10.24i

 

I can still see my dad, While in front of this lad,

As he pulled pocket watch so sublime,

At knurled “crown”, He’d give twist, With nary a miss,

To keep those small gears right on time.

NFS 10.24h
Even the Bible talks about a farmer and his time.

Even God’s Word, Tells about time,

When and what a farmer should do.

There was peace in this boy, And even a joy,

That Dad’s time piece would carry us through,

As day in, and day out, Daddy’s watch had the clout,

To honor God’s time and be true.

I was one happy lad, To be blessed with a Dad,

Who was punctual to enjoy each life’s view.

NFS 10.24d

 

 

 

 

 

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