My husband had to go to a meeting out of town, and was going to be gone from the farm for three days. And like usual I take over all of the farm duties, plus full-time mom, plus full-time......everything else. And the two days prior he works getting everything lined up for me and the boys to make the days gone run smoother.
My armor on and my body equipped for taking on the world.....he was gone 30 minutes when it seemed I had so many questions. And as we are knee deep in cutting tobacco I had emails, phone calls, and text messages from people needing information....(he being one of them on progress) and kids to be shuffled so I could work.
Not that my work was much different than any day of the year it was that it all fell at my feet at one time. I called in reinforcements for help moving wagons (my dad and father in law those few days). And when my head hit my pillow the first night.....it was all zzzzzz until my alarm went off that next morning. I slept like a rock....and now I know why he does most nights.
The girls also have to go into extra work mode as well, being that we had to check the cows before we went to school....up and at em dressed and out the door at 7 am. This time of the year we have mama cows dropping babies so it is very important that you check on The herd each morning...... Which is no problem for my girls because they always want to be the first one to spot a new baby.
Day 2 and 3 were more cutting more routine...... The guys are super to make sure to pick up extra when I am here alone.
Per Scott: Cut, pick up, house (tobacco going up in barn), check barn temps, cows to count and check barns?????
I learned those few days how to manage barn temps and what to do if one seems hot! You water down the saw dust.....thankfully with a friends help my nerves got back in check!
I am amazed still at what all goes on when the farmer is away! This Momma doesn't clean and pick up or cook....she tends to the flock! A dirty house is ok, dirty clothes are good too as long as there are more to wear and any food in the belly is good food. My OCDness didn't have time to cover my life because I was too busy with the important things! Now this all explains why my farmer is tired when he walks in the door.....it's not all physical labor but mental labor that runs each day!
What I learned about myself is that it's not that I can't take on the world....it's that I learned I could...... But each day that he is here.....I don't have to! Yes I am thankful!
The reality check of life is good for all of us.....for the love of dirt grows stronger between our hearts!
Just another day in the life of the farmers wife.....