It used to be common for people to live in the country and to continue to live in the same area where they were born. In today’s world, however, things have changed. More people are moving to the city and living a much different life. They don’t tend to put the same emphasis on the family home and, although there may be some nostalgic feelings, they are not typically enough to keep people in the area.
There are still some areas where the family homestead is an important part of life. This is especially true when life is centered around a family farm. Those farms are often passed from father to son, one generation after another. That was what was happening in David’s family but one of his relatives didn’t take everything into consideration and the farm was sold.
David’s family was no longer part of the picture when the 80-acre farm was sold. It was upsetting but David was determined to regain the farm again.
The opportunity came when the farm was being sold through an auction. David and his father put all of the money they had together to buy it back.
It was a very stressful situation and as the day was getting closer, they were wondering if they would be able to get the farm back or not. In the end, they thought they didn’t have enough to afford it.
That was when the other farmers in the area did something David wasn’t expecting.
David and his father were there the put in the bid and they were hoping for the best. What was amazing is that nobody else spoke up to place a bid. Eventually, the auctioneer slammed the gavel and sold the farm to David and his father.
The 200 Nebraska farmers refused to bid because they wanted the family to get it back again. David recalls: “I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life. The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the auction house.”
It would be nice to see this type of human kindness more often.