Sent my high school football player son to western Kansas one summer to work on a friend’s farm during harvest. Ignored his complaints the first couple of weeks and he decided on his own to spend the entire summer there. When he returned home, he had grown a bunch, put on a ton of muscle, was more responsible and seemed to appreciate what he had a whole lot more. Now that he’s a lot older he says when he looks back he learned more about living that summer than any other time in his life and it was the best summer he ever remembers having.
Spending all day tossing hay up into the top of the barn with a pitchfork is not for sissies.
Excellent! A few summers of hard physical work would benefit many a young man. Seems to clear the mind and help the person see the world in a more realistic way.