living on the land

“There was something about living on the land that made people forever hopeful. Good years were always ahead. These old people knew well enough that the most promising colt might bring the bitterest disappointment, that the rainy season might start out well and end in drought, that the prettiest heifer might not give enough milk to pay for her feed. Yet they kept on breeding their animals and planting their fields.”
-from: November Grass by Judy Van Der Veer