MPW.71 / 2019 Home Grown by Bear Goldstein
Story Summary

Bo Jay is the oldest boy and third oldest child in a family of ten children. He forgoes a typical 17-year-old’s existence to tend to the family farm and his seven younger brothers. Bo Jay’s mother Jean teaches him and his younger brothers at home schools. The children help farm under the guidance of their father, Jason. With so many people and a farm to manage, the children have developed a knack for helping each other. As the oldest, Bo Jay often shoulders this responsibility.

“Bo Jay just kind of decided one day that when he makes breakfast in the morning, he’ll just make enough pancake batter for the others too,” Jean says. He faces a crossroads as he comes of age, pondering his future as well as his sense of duty toward his family.