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My farm life views
WELCOME TO MY HUB, MY FARM LIFE EXPERIENCES AND VIEWS
At this point of time, I would have liked to go straight to the point, and tell you all about my own personal life experience in the farm when I was very young, which is the most important experience during my young life, and which I ought to tell you, if I want to make my point; since it is my first experience in the real world, and therefore the most important one, but I have also to tell you that it has affected me for the rest of my life adversely, because I was placed in a disadvantaged position right from the start.
But today at the same time I cannot help to wonder how today young people would like to find themselves in such a disadvantaged position as I was then. So, I ask myself would today young People have enough positive thinking to overcome the hard life that is thrown at them, or would they just protest as it is usually done these days? I wonder what they would do. I know that life means to us whatever we want life to mean to us. I believe that we need to be positive during our life that is what we have to do. My own life is a very good example, as you are going to see, just because I have been positive during my whole life, even when things went the wrong way I just kept going the best way I could, really that is the only thing that one can do, without upsetting oneself too much.
You see from our drawbacks we can always learn something positive, and if these positive thoughts are added up, one can find a way to use them. You see today in my old age I am even able to write hubs in Hub pages in a language that is not my mother tongue, this may not be a great deal, but it helps me to think that I am not that hopeless fellow that I was when I was young, because I have kept positive and tried to learn. I hope that you see what I mean?
Now that I have explained the position that I am in today, which is a sharp contrast to the ways I have been living when I was young, I believe that I have to describe to you first of all what the farms were like in those days, and how the farmers used to run them in a traditional manner at the time when I was young. And I want also to point out to you that, the farmers and their workers were then and are still nowadays the most important contributors of the welfare of this rural town of Genzano di Lucania.
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Life can be very hard sometime
Today I always wonder when I see young people struggling, while they are really living in the middle of plenty, but I suppose they do not see it that way, so they want you to believe that they are living a hard life. Therefore I cannot help thinking that things have changed, and I cast my mind back to the times when I was young and I wonder what is wrong with the youths today, why they do not see all the good things around them that are available to them. I know that some of them do, but a lot of them don't.
Having said that now it would be good if we could compare today life to the days when I was young; So let me tell you why life was harder when I was young, especially for those youths that like myself ended in a disadvantaged position to work in the farms when we were very young: not only we were in a disadvantaged position and working just to earn a small living that consisted of just plain but wholesome food and some clothing on our back, but what was hurting most was that we were not appreciated from the rest of the community, only because we were not as good as the rest of the community in our communication skills, owing to the fact that we were living an isolated life in the farm, where communication skills are not taught and we did not ware flashy garments to show off, when we went to town and met the young town people, who seemed so clever well dressed and they knew everything that there was to be known.
The reason that I have been telling you this is that, it explains better how I felt then and how I feel even now about my life in the farm in those days when I was young, and I hope that there isnm no misunderstanding that this was a hard and boring life, because I want to point out to you that my life experience in the farm has a very clear meaning to anybody that happens to read my life story, even if it is only a plain life story.
But there is also another side of this story, because what I have just said makes me reflect about what the elders of my time were telling me, which was in effect that life was much harder when they were young; this makes me think and ask myself: is this the ways that life looks like when we get old? Or it is indeed that the way of life is changing for the better I wonder? Anyhow, I will be telling you my life story dear readers and you can decide for yourself, when you read my next few hubs, where I will continue to talk about my farm life experience.
Farms are usually very lonely places in the middle of the country, there are not many people around in the farms, so one is usually by himself all the time. It it very peaceful but that does not help you to feel any better, because anyone feels lonely in the farms when you have been there for a long time. Of course there are farms animals in the farm that may help you to think something else other than yourself and it is a good thing, when you can do that since one is observing the ways of life as Mother Nature wants them to be and there is nothing greater than that to observe in file.
Let me tell you my farm life
Dear readers, let me continue to tell you my farm life; in one of our last hubs called, The heritage story, we have written again about the town that I came from and some of the ways of life of those times including my own life, so now I would like to go back and continue to tell you all about my own life again that I lived in this town, starting from the very beginning, well not really from the very beginning, because I have already told you part of my life story in the hubs: An old man story; Simple man life journey; My life my struggles; My life story and laments; Midway introduction life story; Simple man life observation and then 7 more hubs about Genzano the town I came from.
Therefore now I am going back to my life story, starting from the time when I had to live school and go to help in the farm, I was about eleven years old when I went to work in the farm; today you may find that at that age one is just too young to work, but in those times that was the way that most people accepted as being normal. I know that it was unfortunate for me just because I and a few other young men were going to be the last of this old way of life in the farms, because since then things have changed a lot and life is better now, when we compare it to those times.
So, let me tell you about my life.
Dear readers it seems to me that I am having trouble while I am telling you my life story, because the computer marks some of my writings as having duplicate content, as if I am coping the story from somewhere else; but really this is my life story, so I can tell the story of my life as many times as I want and the way I want to tell it, just because it is my own life story; some people may think that I might have copied my life story from somewhere else, but I can assure you that I have not and if it resembles somebody else story it is just a coincidence.
You see, I am not copying it from anywhere or from anybody, because it is just my life story, and if it happens to be similar to another one of my life story, or to somebody else life story; does it really matter? You see I have only one life to live and if I want to be true to myself and the rest of the world I have to tell it just the way it is, so there is no ways that similarities can be completely avoided. So, let me start telling you, my farm life experience as I lived it, even if today I think that it has caused me problems.
In our future hubs I am going to show you how I have made an effort to break away from all those negative and painful things that were holding me back, just because I lived in the farms when I was very young. So see you in next hub.
My farm life experience
Welcome to my article, My farm life experience
Dear readers, we very well know that life is full of many surprises, sometimes those surprises may be good and other times they might not be that good, but we have to live our lives the best way we can whenever and wherever we happen to live at the time when it happens.
Sometimes we might not even know whether the way we are living our lives is good or bad for us, and we will discover that value much later in our lives; because what we have been doing during our early lives may well take us to a destiny that we had never thought could happen to us. Having said that, now let us talk about our lives that we have lived, and let us see what we thing today about the life that we have already lived; therefore, let me continue to tell you the story of my life, as I have started telling you in our previous hubs of, an old man life story.
So, dear readers, this article is a continuation of our first farm life experience of, an old man life story, there are reasons to believe that once you have read my farm life writings, you will all agree with me that the way of life that I and those other youths, whom lived like me during those times in the farms, it was a way of life that to most of us nowadays may seem archaic, unreal and to say the least unfair, and indeed it was really unfair to myself and to all those youths that ended up in a similar position as myself in the farms.
But at the time when this happened it did not seem that bad to us, because we were so young when we started to work in the farms, therefore we were not aware then of the adverse influence that it could and would brink to us in the future, as we didn’t know then that we were placed in a disadvantaged situation and even our parents did not see how bad the situation could become to some of us, because they could not see how fast life was going to change, and even if they did guess that things were going to change very rapidly, they didn’t know what else to do.
Farm life unfair situation
Now, this situation that I am talking about here was most unfair to us because it affected only us in the farms, but not all the young citizens of this somewhat rich rural town of Genzano, because they would be living a better life in town; (Here rich rural town means only Genzano town by comparison to other towns which surround it).
So, as it happened then, we a portion of the young citizen of Genzano became caught in a disadvantaged position including myself, and this position would affect us very badly for the rest of our lives; but we didn’t know then that it was going to be so, and we did not know what else to do, and there was nothing that could be done either. The few exceptions who were not put at a great disadvantaged position were those youths which their families were rich land owners, because it would always be an advantage for them to stay in the farms and learn their future trade and then use their farm knowledge in the future to their advantages, in their own farms.
But for the rest of us young men who were working in small farms like myself, and did not own enough land to secure a good living in the future, what we were doing would turn into a disadvantaged position later on, but at the same time we had no other opportunities in life but to continue the old tradition of farming, just because this same tradition of farming had been a way of life to the rural community of this agricultural town for centuries before us, and therefore, when I was young it was thought to be the only way to earn a living if you happened to own any land at all, so we had to be trained to be farmers in order to look after our own small farm when we would become older, and anyhow, in those times there was not much else that could be done, but this helping in the farm and training to farm for us became a great disadvantage, because of the changes that followed in farming later on.
Nobody could be blamed for putting us youths in such a position, which in the end would result for us in a disadvantaged position: because the very same way of life had served the same community so well for centuries, and they were not disadvantaged at all then. But nowadays because of the enormous change of the modern era, which has brought with it also changes in the value of work that any worker does, and for this reason we became greatly disadvantaged. But this is not all, because there are a lot more that can be said, about the way we became and the ways we were later on treated from the rest of the community.
The lonely life of the farmers
In the farms and in the fields people are forced to live a very lonely life, it might be okay for an old man like the one in the photo, but for a very young man it is a very lonely and perhaps even sad if you have to live there all you youth.
These types of animals were the animals that I had to look after in the farm, when I was young.
The harsh destiny
Some of us want to believe that we are born with a destiny to fulfil, and if it is so my destiny is not a bright one, because from the beginning of my life I have had a hard life and this has continued during my life, perhaps it will continue until I die, but anyhow let us go back to my life story in the farm.
As I have already mentioned above about my farm life when I was young, I reckon and feel that it was really unfair to my personal self, and to those youths that had to live in the farm as I did, this I will continue to describe to you at length and in depth as I keep writing on, since the point that I want to make here is to show you how I had to struggle and to suffer while I was living in the farm, and even later on in the future. In fact life for me was going to be much harder than I thought, since that way of life which I had lived in the farm had left me so far backward, because of isolation I even lacked in local general knowledge, and also in communication skills including all those nice things that a person does and says, in order to make that same person attractive to the rest of the community.
Here I have also to say that this early disadvantaged way of life has affected me greatly for the rest of my life, and although I have tried to improve myself during my life, I have never been able to catch up with the rest of the world completely. So that, I feel it within me even now, as if I will never be completely satisfied with myself, because I think that I could have been better off if I had a different and better way of life when I was young to start with.
But since what’s been done is done, and one cannot go back and do it in a different way, I am/was stuck with it. Therefore, I had to put up with my backward way of life; and I had to accept that the only possible way that was left for me to earn a living for the rest of my life, had to be that I had to do hard physical work, which I did in a way or another.
Anyhow, at the time when all this was happening, to us all those young people which used to live and work in this town’s farms, it all seemed normal to us, because even our forbears they all had lived this same way for centuries before us.
Also my forbears used to live in this town that I was born, and in which I had to live my youth just like them. But, most of my youth and I mean the most important years of my young life, at the time when a youth would like to try to find out the meanings of life, which would help him to learn how to deal with his life in the future, all those years were spent to live in our family farm and not in the town itself, and this did put me in a disadvantaged position from the very start, as I have already mentioned before, all because everything was changing too fast and farming was on the way out.
Breaking away from my farm life
The only time that I had a real break from farming was when I was called to go in the army, which in Italy was/is a compulsory service to the country, which every able young male must serve when one turns twenty-one years old or soon after that. Then when the army released me I migrated to Australia, and I was then in my early twenties.
Now let me go back to my life in the farm and what it did to me. Because as I have already mentioned before, the farm life of those times was not what one would prescribe for a young man like me, if one wanted me as a young man to develop my potential properly, so that, I could be ready to meet the challenge of life when I would be older, in all sorts of communities.
But you see, as we have already mentioned, at the time when all this happened, no one could have ever thought of the forth coming changing world, and of the difficulties that I and some of the other boys that shared the same fate as me would have to face in later life. Just because the way of life happened to change so much and so fast since we were young.
Now, in order to understand how unfair it was for me and for those youths of my time who ended up in the farms like myself, I have to convey to you the different set up of this town of Genzano; the way that people separate each other in classes, not because they like to be different to each other, but because they are different, and therefore they think and talk in different ways, so they group themselves with their equal, because they feel more at ease that way: But in reality they are all equal, as all the groups need each other soon or later.
Now as it happens usually everywhere else in the world in small towns, there are two main groups of people in every community: There are those who live directly from the land, which are called the rural community, and those who work in town in all sorts of jobs, which would be called just town’s people and they include; shop keepers, craftsmen, clerks, teachers, priests, policemen, (carabinieri which are Italian policemen), guardians, and every other sort of jobs that one can think of, in order to run a town properly; and then all the rest of the population, like whole families and women and children, so that a town would be self reliant.
Anyhow I had to break away from this type of farm living, because times had changed, but let me say a bit more about the town I have come from, so that it would be better for my readers to understand what was going on at those times.
So, now let me talk about the town of Genzano and its communities.