I have a confession. I woke up on Sunday morning and could barely move; it took all the effort I could muster to move from my bed to the couch. I didn’t even have enough energy to be mad that I had to miss the Superbowl; for this tough girl had managed to get that cold/flu that has been going around (a.k.a. not so tough). I didn’t have a team playing and figured the commercials wouldn’t be that great (I wasn’t that impressed with last year’s commercials) and then Monday morning rolled around.
I realized I had picked the WRONG Superbowl to be sick as my social media feeds were blowing up. I was so upset that I had missed the Dodge Ram and Budweiser commercial. I knew I had missed out on an excellent blog post due to being sick and not being able to actually see these commercials on the big screen. I figured in order to make a good post, I should’ve been there to see everyone’s reaction and then feel the emotion build in the room, therefore I shouldn’t blog about it. But then I thought, “Katlyn, that’s the dumbest idea you could possibly think of. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t see it on the big screen. At least you saw it on YouTube. It’s the message that counts. Do your job; be an agvocate.” So here goes.
I have to commend both Dodge Ram and Budweiser for their excellent commercials. As I’ve been reading comments on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogs, there is much controversy over Dodge Ram’s “So God Made a Farmer.” Anything from that is not what farming looks like today, to Paul Harvey speaking on behalf of PETA to why bring God on national television. And all I’ve got to say is who cares? It’s the message that truly counts. Not only was farming showcased, but so was God. You don’t have to agree with me, but I commend Dodge for bringing God back to the front and center. And to me, it doesn’t get better than that. In case you missed it.
And for those of you who think agriculture is all factory farms today, I challenge you to visit a local farm in your area to see for yourself what goes into food production. I bet you will walk away with a deeper appreciation. (You can even ask me, I’d be happy to answer your questions.) The pictures portrayed in this commercial could have easily been taken on my family’s farm. In fact, 97% of all farms are family owned. This isn’t the first time I’ve posted about Paul Harvey’s poem and the truth behind it.
In case you missed the Budweiser commercial.
This one almost made me tear up as I remembered spending several hours working with my animals as well. Budweiser did a great job on capturing what it means to work with animals: that even though you become best friends, there comes a time when the animal grows up and has to leave the farm. I guess that’s the same way with people, life continues to go on.
If there is one thing I hope you take away from this post, I hope you realize it truly is the message that counts.
Until next time, happy trails!