1. You will become very good at directions, landmarks, and where people live… Because when your husband tells you he’s in the southwest corner of the field to the south of the “such and such farm” and needs you to bring him something, you will need to be able to find him. Ladies, ask for a plat book if your county does that kind of thing.. It makes your life much more simple.
2. A majority of the conversations during your meal time will be about farming. Farm talk will become table talk during supper. You will get to hear all about crops, equipment, weather, prices… No farm topic is off limits.
3. Date nights during planting and harvest = time in the tractor or combine with your husband. Dates during any other time of the year besides winter = checking crops. If you want to see them or spend time with him, this is where you will be.
4. You will find random things in your laundry. I am sure people who still raise livestock have this one the worst. It’s a common thing during certain times of the year that I find soybean seeds rolling around in my dryer.
5. Don’t plan on eating at a certain time every night or day with your husband. Farm life is so unpredictable. You may be eating supper at 7 p.m. one night and 10 p.m. the next night.
6. You can never RSVP “yes” to events during planting, spraying, or harvest because you never really know if you will be available. Events like weddings, banquets, dinners, etc. during this time of the year are usually last minute things… You know, like if it’s raining…
7. Your trips out of town usually involve some sort of farm business… Whether you are going by the hardware store or to stop and look at “insert piece of equipment here”, you never just go to town without doing some sort of farm business… Am I right?
8. You become very good at just going with the flow. You never know when your husband will suddenly decide that “insert farm task here” is imperative to get done and he’s off in a flash when you had plans to spend the day together… Or go on a date… Or just cooked a fantastic Sunday meal.. Whatever the situation may be, just let it go. Go with the flow. It’s not worth the energy to get your panties in a bunch over trivial things.
9. You will become a glass half full person in a hurry. It rains when you don’t want it to, crops burn up or get disease…. For those of you with livestock, calves die… Bad things happen. And if you focus on the negative in the situation, well, your life will be pretty miserable. It’s best to find the silver lining in the farm life.
10. You appreciate Mother Nature in ways you’d never thought possible. You will get to experience farming on such an intimate level. You will learn so much about how it all works. Every single day, you are bound to learn something new in the farm world. It’s amazing. After my second year of experiencing planting and harvesting crops, I still marvel at how Mother Nature works together in order to make things grow.
* Extract taken from Jenny Dewey Rohrich
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