Diane Karr“You’re going to have to help me move.”

Coming from Mr. Corn Farmer, this can only mean one thing: Shuffling equipment from one field to the next.  It goes something like this:

“You’re going to bring the Suburban to the west side of Egypt and pick up the flat tires and then we’re going to go the north quarter and you’re going to hook on to the water trailer and move it back down to the west side then go back up to the north quarter and I’m going to take the semi to the plant and you’re going to take the tires to the guy at the shop and then come pick me up and take me to the other pick up.”  (I know that’s run-on sentence, but it’s fitting when we’re running all over the place!)

You might be wondering just exactly how one drives to “Egypt,” but as far as I know, most farmers have names for all of their fields, and this is just another farm name.  Some references we use for farm locations include “Home Place”, “Cow Palace”, “South 80” and “Call Quarter”.  Other farms are named for the current or prior owner, such as “Grandpa’s”.  The farm we call “Egypt” gained this nickname due to its sandy soil profile.  “Poor Farm” has the unique history of being the location of a county poor farm, although today there is virtually no trace of its existence.  (“80” refers to 80 acres, and “Quarter” refers to a quarter section, which is 160 acres.)

In this day and age, there are road signs at every intersection and map apps on smartphones to make “moving day” a somewhat worry-free adventure.  Prior to signs, moving day meant following some goofy directions and paying very close attention to landmarks like barns, bins, bridges, or even numbers on utility poles.  Although I might make a wrong turn in the middle of nowhere, I don’t have to be concerned with getting lost.  It also helps that I grew up driving the “backroads”.diane karr boys farm names moving dayOn this particular moving day, our little boys had fun as they tried to move a tire, waved at cows, and enjoyed their snacks.  As it turns out, our family Suburban is more than just a kid-wagon stuffed with musical instruments, sports gear, bag chairs, fishing poles, coloring books, and beach towels. It’s pulled trailers, carried parts, and has been filled with bags of seed corn.  It’s even been to “Egypt” and back.

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