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

| 5/24/2012 3:57:17 PM

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.”

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

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.