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1. Ranch kids are used to getting up early. On fires, we often have to be at morning briefings at 5 am. The ranch kids are always on time, and don't complain about how early it is.
2. They are used to doing all kinds of dirty, difficult jobs. Did they take care of animals, fix fence, deal with cows? This means they'll happily fight fire, clear trails, and work on vehicles.
3. They're used to getting paid little, if at all. Some of these guys and gals grew up doing work around the ranch because they were part of the family, not for money. Later in life they're grateful for the opportunity to work hard and make money doing it. I've never met a ranch kid who felt entitled or wanted to know what I could do for him, rather than the other way around.
4. They're fit. Lots of hard physical work in the outdoors will do that for you.
5. Bad weather doesn't faze them. Have you BEEN to a ranch in eastern Montana? Pretty harsh weather, people!
6. They're self sufficient. A. grew up on a ranch near the Canadian border; the closest town has 300 residents. Obviously, he had no problem working alone. He was always happy to see other people though!
5. They're usually cheerful. I'm sure there's some grumpy farm boys and girls out there, but I have yet to meet them! One of my favorite ranch kids, "Danimal", always had a smile on his face, even when dodging bears (his other nickname was "Bear Bait").
Any ranch/farm kids out there? Tell me what other positive traits I've missed!