On the face of it, I don’t think many people would believe that farms and their families have any similarities with the royal family but honesty, they do.
Here are 7 ways in which farming and the monarchy could well be the same.
- Sucession. Many farms are passed down through generations much like the crown, It used to go to the eldest son but I think times are changing and the eldest child or whoever wants to take it over will suffice.
- Farming families. Just like years ago when royalty had to marry their cousins to ensure a royal blood-line, farming families too rejoice if their children marry within farming circles. Maybe they think the two farms will eventually join or they just think people from a farming background will understand the trials and tribulations of farming. I was not a farmer’s daughter. It did not go down well with my husband’s family.
- Crows. The Tower of London may have its ravens but at farms, crows are never far away. They particularly like pecking out the eyes of any creature that is small or weak.
4. Just like kings and queens, farmers have servants to do things for them. The servant here is me. Not just the cooking and cleaning but, say a sales rep comes in the yard and the farmer is busy or just doesn’t want to talk to them, it is his personal assistant who goes out and acts as a buffer. FamersKings are too important for that kind of thing.
5.Moving to the Palace. When ordinary people get married, they usually buy a house together or at least move in together. For royalty, they move into a palace. For farmer’s and their partners, they often move to the farm.
6. Son and heir. I know it is the 21st century and girls can do what they want but when it comes to farmers, I don’t care what people say, they want boys. When I was pregnant with my first child, we didn’t find out the sex of the baby and I saw my farmer’s face when they said it’s a girl. Don’t get me wrong, he worships the ground she walks on and, when there was a four year gap between child one.
7. Much like the royal family and more so that non-farming familie, when you marry in to farming, you automatically marry their family. Whether you like them or not. Other family members-parents, siblings, cousins, can all live on site and you end up working and living with people who, under normal circumstances, you would probably only see at Christmas and other social gatherings. There is protocol and etiquette to follow, just like new people marrying into royalty. I imagine new royals are sat down and have such behaviour explained to them and warned so any faux pars are avoided. Unfortunately this does not happen in farming and, you usually have to learn as you go along.
I may be jesting slightly here but I have honestly encountered some of these things at various times since I met my farmer. I have failed on many occasions with getting things wrong but it is all fun and part of life. I am just glad, with two boys, I am no longer on the list for beheading.