Monday, February 04, 2013

So God Made a Farmer ~ Paul Harvey

So God Made a Farmer ~ by Paul Harvey

I have had this post ready to be published since a week ago. I was going to post it on my Dad's birthday at the end of the month. You see, a year ago my husband & I made this YouTube video as a tribute to my Dad ~ actually to all Wisconsin dairy farmers.
But because of the Super Bowl, I decided to post it today.

Yes, Dodge Ram aired this amazing commercial during the Super Bowl last night!

Oh my gosh, I was completely stunned. I couldn't believe they would air Paul Harvey's moving narration for all the world to hear! I have yet to listen to it without crying.
And wouldn't you know, I had left the room just as the commercial aired, but thanks to immediate texts from my kids I caught the very end. 

My YouTube video had been averaging 1000 views each month since posting a year ago, but by the time I woke up this morning, over 3000 had viewed the video overnight! Pretty awesome.

This is what I posted on my blog a year ago, the day after I posted my "So God Made a Farmer" YouTube video  ~

I'm a farmer's daughter from Wisconsin. And my Dad was the most dedicated, hardworking farmer I have ever known. He would have been 86 last week. And I am missing him... this good and kind, respected man, always with a smile on his face.
When I first heard Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer" speech on a similar YouTube video, I knew that one day I would take photos of my Dad from all his years of farming and make a video using Paul Harvey's moving narration. He delivered this speech at a National FFA Convention in 1978. I'm telling you, no one does it better than Paul Harvey. You see, we grew up listening to him three times a day on the radio ~ his News and Comment and The Rest of the Story segments are long remembered in the Larson family, and a particulate favorite with my Dad, as he always had the radio on in the barn.
And I also thought it rather ironic that my brother Ron, who would later purchase the farm from my Dad in 1988, graduated from high school in 1977 and made the decision to farm with my Dad around the time of this speech, which makes it all the more meaningful.
My Dad never really "retired" from farming. Oh, he may have milked his last cow in 1988, but continued to farm in every sense of the word till his passing in 2009 at the age of 83.
All the images in the video were taken on the farm where I grew up, by either myself or a family member over a span of 50 years. The 350 acre farm is located along Timber Creek in Jackson County near Osseo, Wisconsin.
A big thank you to my husband Randy and son Shawn for helping me make this happen. I am so thankful to have my Dad's memory preserved in this way. I hope you enjoy it.
Be sure to turn your volume up and you can also click the square box in the lower right corner to enlarge and fill your screen. Thanks again for watching!


Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

That was hands down the best commercial last night!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is so cool Linda..they copied you!
I put a link to this in my new post.
Hugs friend,