Posted by kayteekate
Every year Farm and Ranch Guide puts on a Country Woman of the Year contest.
People are supposed to write in why they think their woman should win…. But there are guidelines… Community involvement, Special deeds, Involvement with the daily operations etc. ~ This implies all manner of things.
Most of the women nominated log long hours in real production in crops and livestock, they are active in church and volunteer for nearly everything, blah- blah- blah. All without a hair out of place. You know the types.
I asked Hubby once WHY he didn’t nominate me. He said because I am none of those things, but am Everything to him. (and that he sucks at writing)
That being said- I AM a Country Woman of the Year… Day in and day out. Year after year.
“I can bring home the Bacon…. Fry it up in a pan…….” Remember that commercial? That about sums it up.
In my little world, I am the one who raises the kids and attends school functions, nurses the bottle babies (Calves and Kitties alike), bakes fresh bread every couple days, Cooks from scratch every meal, minds the garden, cans more goods than a grocery store, gate girl when it’s blizzarding and -30 out, sews and mends, shuffles hubby and vehicles from field to field, watches the markets, tracks the weather, brings him lunch in the field, never ever calls him when he’s out with the guys, works from home, goes to church, does the parts running, beer fairy, handles correspondence and the usual round of maid chores too. I put a good spin on things when they go awry and make hubby feel better about it. I am constantly championing small business in rural communities, attend Downtowners Conferences on my own dime and time so I can better myself and my community, make a quilt every year to donate for raffle at charity, finds the humor in the dark times, mend broken hearts and bruised egos, teach the kids to dream, keeper of the memories and family stories, teaches others how to bake and sew, butchers chickens with the best of them, run a small business of my own, don’t complain when our plans are cancelled yet again because ‘We have to go to the field, NOW’, I know that boots DO go with everything, and more. ~ I know that there are 3 big social functions (4 in a good year!) … Two farm shows and a Pheasants 4ever banquet (you can sub- cattlemans, DU or whatever) If it’s a good year- a trip the fair gets tossed in. Otherwise my social engagements are solo.
Things I won’t or don’t do? I refuse to ever again “Hold that panel, damnit!” when the BULL is making a break for it nor do I drive his big boy toys.
I am proud to support my Hubby- an American Farmer- behind the scenes in all these little ways.
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