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Strayer university | Summary and Personal Response | “Farm Girl” by Jessica Hemauer | | Tim Mahoney
Debora J Aubuchon, M.A.ENG115 English Composition | 10/29/2012 |

Jessica Hemauer wrote “Farm Girl” as an autobiographical non-fiction essay, describing her life growing up on a farm, and its subsequent effect on her life and personality. She is speaking of events in her past, and trying to influence the listener to understand that hard work has benefits, and that what you want may not be what you expected when you get it.
In this story, Ms. Hemauer is trying to make the point of how adversity and obstacles, when worked through with support from those around you, not only can be overcome, but can also make you a better person. She is not pleased with her life as a Farm Girl, and she voices her displeasure often throughout the first three quarters of the essay. “I think to myself, ‘A typical ten-year-old child does not have to wake up at five in the morning to do chores!’” (Hemauer, 2011)
However, once she realizes the quality of person she has become, she makes an educated and reasoned conclusion that it is due to the work she did helping with chores on her father’s farm. “Though I hated it growing up, working on the farm has taught me many lessons about life, and it has shaped me into the individual I am today.” (Hemauer, 2011)
Another point she tries to make as well is that life on a working farm is difficult. She opens with a description of performing her morning chores with her brother and her sisters. This particular morning is described as being very cold and windy due to a blizzard:
There is a brisk and bitter wind accompanied by icy snowflakes that feel like needles digging into our faces. We don’t turn back. We desperately want to, but we know my father is patiently waiting for us to help him milk and feed the cows before school starts…...

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