Summary and Personal Response

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The story I chose to summarize is “Farm Girl” by Jessica Hemauer; which she writes as a narrative essay. I believe that Hemauer told her story to let the reader know how she grew up as a child on a farm; that while it was hard work, it does pay off in the end. She realized that hard work can teach responsibility, time management, and can be used in every aspect of life. I believe her audience for the paper was youth; someone who could take away that while life is hard you can learn from it and be successful.
At first, it seemed like such a difficult life for a young person to have. But by the end of the story I had changed how I felt. She did have a hard life at a young age, but she learned from it and used it in every step of life. While most people her age were still struggling to manage their lives, she learned early what she needed to do to manage her own.
Jessica and her siblings had a very strict upbringing. Although “there was no sense complaining,” (Hemauer, 2011) the farm was the most important thing and the everyday routine was something that had to be done. Having to wake up at five in the morning and complete farm chores with her siblings before school while her peers are still sleeping in their warm beds. Not being able to have a social life within the school or with her peers. The cows had to be fed; however, the equipment used to milk the cows had to be sterilized before every use. The one thing that Jessica enjoyed the most was feeding the newborn calves. She felt like this was her way of taking care of someone else since she was the youngest of her siblings. Her brother and sister always looked out for her and made sure she was okay and doing the right thing. She enjoyed, I think, not being the baby for once and to be the older one. Nevertheless, the chores were not over after the feeding. There was still cleaning of pens and various other…...

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