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You Know You're A Farmer's Wife When...

Wendy Slatt head shotWhether it's three or three hundred acres, I think we can all agree that being a farmer is a combination of heart, determination and ingenuity.  But what does it take to be a farmer's wife?  As a former urban-dweller, I pondered this a lot when we first moved to the country.  After several years' experience, I think I've found some answers.  How do you know you're a farmer's wife?

You know you're a farmer's wife when:

. . . you can spot a ripe tomato in the garden from 300 yards away.

. . . between May and September, every page of your prayer journal mentions rain at least three times.

. . . your husband says, “I’ll pick up dinner on the way home tonight,” and heads out with his shotgun.

. . . you don’t cry over spilled milk, you just grab a bucket and head out to the barn.

. . . your answering machine says, “Sorry we can’t come to the phone right now. We're canning.”

. . . dinner is late because the axe just wasn't sharp enough.

. . . your favorite shoes have steel toes.

. . . you want to hire a babysitter for the kids so you can spend 3-4 hours helping your husband sink fence posts.

. . . you tell him you’re fixing chicken for dinner and he says, “Which one?”

. . . you go outside to shoo the chickens out of the radish bed, stop by the zucchini to check for squash bugs, go say good morning to the piggies, check the feed levels, go in the barn to see how your broody hens are, check on the broilers, watch the ducks fly to the wallow for a morning dip, and make it all the way back to the house before realizing that you're still in your nightgown.

Wendy is author of the blog and Facebook page Unpaved Roads. She, her husband and children live on a Southern homestead. Find her on .

hazel alvarez
3/3/2013 12:38:54 AM

H Wendy,Kindred spirits are us..when once it was OshKosh B'Gosh in the city. Im on my 3rd year into island farmliving, after 45 years in the urban jungle. I find ur article very refreshing. Gave me sparks to write my own list. thanks for making my day!


pam rodrigues
6/14/2012 2:04:22 AM

too funny


nebraska dave
5/25/2012 12:11:41 PM

Wendy, the rural life is the greatest, isn't it? It's great having the first thing in the morning something other than check email; the sounds and smells of barnyard instead of poptarts in the toaster; or waking up to the crisp fresh air of spring or fall days. Even though I haven't experienced those things for decades, I still have vivid memories of them during my youth and early adult days. Thanks for jogging those memories. Have a great day on the homestead.