Rountine chores on a livestock farm can be a pain in the you-know-where because of the numerous small obstacles you must pass through in order to get to the work at hand. Whether we must check on the animals, move fences or cut hay, we have to pass through a handful of those necessary but pesky fieldgates.

Now opening and closing fieldgates is easy. Easy as spreadin’ butter on a hot summer day. But each gate requires us to stop vehicle, exit vehicle, open gate, re-enter vehicle, drive through gate, stop vehicle, exit vehicle, close gate, re-enter vehicle and be on our merry way. Usually we’re on that merry way for about 2 minutes at which point we come upon another fieldgate through which we must pass.

This is where the little whippersnappers have started to come in real handy. Now all I do is drive up to the gate, sit back, relax, and let the kids earn their keep.

Please observe the beauty of our new fieldgate routine:

Armando finds it easier to undo the chain from the other side of the gate. Hey, I don’t care. I’m kickin’ back in the truck, jammin’ to some tunes and checkin’ for nose hairs in the rearview mirror.

Look at the little whippersnapper, all hard at work. Sometimes the chain gets hooked up on the barbed wire and stops him up a bit, but the little bugger is determined, man. Ain’t no barbed wire gonna get in his way.

At this point I’ve moved on from nose hairs to my eyelashes….didn’t they used to grow thicker than this?

Oh, well look at that. He’s gotten it! Time to snap out of my rear-view-mirror beauty session and get to work.

Armando not only opens the gate, he opens it with style. Lookin’ good, bozo-brain!

And there it is. The signature thumbs-up. Gate’s open and I can drive on through. Easy as slicin’ chocolate pie on a hot summer day. I tell ya, kids really come in handy on a farm.

Next time I’m bringing along a nail file. Farms can be hell on the hands.