Yesterday, I posted twice: First, an image of Abby Meidell, the oldest daughter in the Meidell family, who is recovering from a ruptured spleen, and a repost of “25 Things I Want My Ranch Kids To Know,” which was forwarded to me from a very good friend of mine who lives in northwest Nebraska. So, as I thought about those two elements from yesterday, I found it appropriate to post an image of more of the family.
Here, Eric Meidell brands a calf as Abby, his 12-year-old daughter, looks on, and Tricia Meidell leans in on the left. Just as important is the fact that the Meidells work for two different ranching families: Eric for one, Tricia for another. Yet each ranch gets the whole family in the deal: Tricia and the kids work just as hard for Eric’s boss as Eric and the kids do for Tricia’s.
That is the ultimate reason I felt compelled to post this shot soon after the 25 Things repost. Ranchers belong to a special group of people, one that requires hard work, extreme constitution and familial loyalty for membership.