Every little girl secretly aspires to be like her mom.
We all look up to her amazing ability to fix any injury, wash laundry, chauffeur kids to and from practices and put supper on the table every day without going insane.
If you grew up on a farm, however, you look up to your mom in a completely different way.
Farm mom’s are the hardest working people out there.
Not only do they manage the duties of a normal mom but they also have a farm to care for. Sometimes this means my mom is responsible for nearly 100 living breathing beings!
First there’s the obvious responsibility: children.
As a mother of five, my mom somehow managed all of our schedules and made sure we were all able to participate in whatever activities we wanted to. Currently, this means 4-H, FFA, soccer, marching band, basketball, school musical, story hour and church youth activities!
Then there’s taking care of five kids on the farm.
Most Saturdays entailed some sort of chores either at the cattle farm or with the showpigs. This meant mom cooked breakfast, made sure everyone had work clothes, packed snacks/water and settled the invariable argument all before lunchtime.
On show days, mom’s job was even more complicated.
Since my dad works in extension, he often helps in the ring at shows. This means mom is in charge at the pens. She keeps track of show order, helps get pigs to and from the showring, handles any hair emergencies and keeps all of us fed (the most challenging task with two hypoglycemics in the family).
Then there’s the farm itself.
On the weekends, my dad has an army of farm hands. During the week though, he’s on his own from 8 am until 3 pm. That means mom is his right hand man…ehm, woman.
My mom works harder than most men.
When dad’s out of town for work, mom feeds the calves, checks the pigs and is ready for any farm emergencies.
We always joke that only when mom’s in charge of the farm will a load of cattle feed will be delivered, the cows get out, a huge storm comes through and a sow will have to be bred.
Its only funny because its true!
Now that I’m engaged, I look at the future from a new perspective. I’ve always said I wanted to be a farm wife like my mom but now I’m starting to realize what big boots I’m trying to fill.
This Mother’s Day, I’m most thankful for the example of hard work and selfless giving that my mom set for me.
I hope someday I can be half the farm wife she is.