Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Midwest Farmer's Daughter says...

... "It's a long row to hoe."

It's not a long road to hoe.
No one hoes a road.
You hoe a row.
Up here northern midwest, it's a row of beans, usually.
Sometimes beets.
Occasionally, corn.

Those lines you see in a field of lovely crops?
Each line is a row.
And when you are a farmer, you conceive lots and lots of children, so you have lots and lots of people to walk up and down each row and chop out the weeds with a hoe.

When there are a lot of weeds in the row of crops which you are assigned to hoe, that is a long row to hoe.
When you stand on one end of your field and you can't see the other end because of the curvature of the earth, that is a long row to hoe.

Say, for instance, you are a presidential hopeful campaigning in a state which favors one of your opponents. You would then have a long row to hoe. You may even have a long road ahead.

But you never have a long road to hoe.

Trust me, no one hoes a road.

Carry on...

8 comments:

Oddybobo said...

You are right, but you forgot, there can often by hoes on the road, or by the side of the road, a corner of a road, sometimes in a house off a road . . . . I can go on for days dear!

oddybobo said...

The "by" was supposed to be "be" but could also be "buy" I suspect . . .

Thumper said...

If you drag a hooker behind you, are you then ho-ing a road?

tammi said...

That GOODNESS you cleared that up. I've been tryin' to explain that to folks for eons......

;-)

tammi said...

THANK not That.....man oh man oh man.....this has been a REALLY long day.

Sorry.....

Richmond said...

Heh - I am thinking you may have had a tough day...

Hoe's, rows, ho's and roads -oh my!

Roses said...

Ehem...

No comment about a ho that's been rode.

Lee Ann said...

So which particular news burp did you have to listen to over and over and over again until you cracked?

Having been there, I'm just guessing that's what set off this slight tangent of clarifications.

he he he, "a ho that's been rode".