Dear Farm Journal,
Today is my brother’s birthday. He is my only blood sibling, and when he came into the world, he made my life better. He has been my constant companion for most of my life. We have been through a ton together and just the sound of his voice over the phone puts me at ease. We worked our first job together, shared apartments when we were starting out…and beyond, as well as innumerable nights of drinks and long conversations about life. My parents told me stories about when he was born. I hid behind the curtains and nervously scratched my face until a scab built up on the edge of my mouth and nose (such a naratic child). Little did I know, he would be my best friend, the one person I share DNA with and the one person who loves and understands me like no one else. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him today. We both had to work, but I invited him to a farm cookout when he has a day off. As we grow older, I realize the importance of family more and more. I moved back to Wisconsin so I could be with my family and the farm has been an incredible catalyst for bringing us all together again. Although today was a busy harvest day and there are lots of things to report, he is on my mind today more than anything else. I love you little big brother. Happy Birthday.