“HOW DID YOUR FARMER FATHER, RUSSELL, TEACH YOU TWO LESSONS, AT THE SAME TIME, ON YOUR FARM NEAR KIESTER, MINNESOTA?”
“True Temper Is Good” by N. Elliott Noorlun
True temper is good, When used as it should,
For temper is strength, In-built strong.
It’s only when anger, Consumes one’s life,
Then temper is lost and all’s wrong.
Elliott’s farmer father, Russell, drives an old jalopy on the farm.
Once a lesson was taught, From my father who sought,
To teach me the care of a tool.
This tiling spade was given by Elliott’s Grandfather to his dad, Russell, over 80 years ago. It is still strong and ready to be used here in the year 2020 and beyond, thanks to being cared for.
Far deeper in meaning, Were his words to my leaning,
And in them I’d found a great jewel.
A shovel that lost it’s temper (strength). It rusted and fell apart; just like some folk do when they’re angry….they “fall apart”.
“Son, when you’re done working, Be sure you’re not shirking”,
“Clean this shovel, And coat it with oil,”
“For it’ll keep its strength, And serve you at length,”
“Through life as you face any toil.”
Elliott’s father, Russell, is on left.
“But if you should shirk, This part of your work”,
“This tool will be consumed with rust.”
“Its strength (temper) will be gone, And you’ll sing a sad song,”
“When during work’s stress it will bust.”
This Bible verse helps Elliott remember that temper is a good character trait.
So in life, when you’re soiled, Get clean and then oiled,
From God’s Word that you hold inside.
You’ll be strong, solid through, With His temper true,
Slow to anger as in Him you abide.
Elliott is grateful for his parent’s wisdom, both direct and indirect, in dealing with life on the farm and beyond. ><> 😉
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I may be only one oat seed in a field of millions, yet I have a story to share of beginnings on our beloved farm in southern Minnesota and beyond to life as I've seen it to this point. Famous? No. Gifted? Unlikely. Yet, I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren of who this gentle Norwegian man was. My happy times, sad times, successes and failures. Someday, those who are tiny now, will have this volume to come to and get to know this Norwegian Farmer's Son.
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October 28, 2020