Look – the women that live on the farm are just a special breed, ok? They do absolutely everything – and everything well! – and we think they deserve their own holiday since the only other reasonably applicable holiday (Mother’s Day) arrives during spring planting. They are busy!
SHE IS ALMOST LIKE CLARK KENT AND SUPERMAN
And by that, I mean that farm wives can go from wearing 80% manure, to 80% Tory Burch in five seconds flat. If you are one of the drastically mistaken urban women in the world who thinks that a farm woman’s wardrobe is mostly overalls and flannel shirts, with maybe some cutoff jeans thrown in, you are so wrong.
Every farm wife I know does have a pair of cut off jeans … but when its time to go to church or out on a date with the farmer himself, we love to break out the designer shoes and cute skinny jeans.
2. HER WORKOUTS ARE LESS REGULAR, BUT MORE INTENSE
Yes, there are farm women who work out every day at the gym, but many farm wives are the boss at bucking bales (around 60 pounds each!) and wrangling cattle or hogs. And if you are a farm wife on a farm without livestock, then chances are you are lifting bags of seed or moving equipment from one place to another. Farm wives are strong – and they have the guns to prove it.
Most of the farm wives I know do the books, the marketing, or even the planning and purchasing for the farm. Each of those is a full-time job unto itself.
If she’s doing the books, she’s basically the farm accountant. There are bills to pay, paychecks to write every Friday, grain sales to record, and land payments to make. She’s got to stay on top of all of it – and its only part of her day job.
If she’s marketing the crop, she’s trying to guess how much grain the family will produce that fall, and sell it ahead of time to leverage the best price opportunity. If she’s planning and purchasing, she’s watching the costs of input prices to figure out when to buy things for the coming year and how to store them. Each of these is so complicated it makes my head spin.
Probably because she was four years on a 4-wheeler herself.
Nor does she freak out when you hand your 13-year-old the car keys at 10 pm and say “Follow me to the Napery Farm – I’m gonna need a ride home after I drop the tractor off there.” Or when you let your baby girl shoot at the range.
She understands the need for everyone to work and she knows that your kids can handle it. She’s not a helicopter parent – she delights in seeing confidence and independence grow in your home. She wants to see your kids farming next to you almost as badly as you do.
Plus, she’s just really excited that she doesn’t have to run you to the field again. She desperately needs a shower.
5. SHE’S EXTRAORDINARILY FLEXIBLE AND “GO WITH THE FLOW”
She has to be. Because every plan she’s ever made with the farmer or for the family is “weather permitting.”
“Honey, can you go with me to my family reunion this weekend?”
“Hmmm … weather permitting.”
“Babe, I won’t be able to pick up the kids after basketball practice tonight. Could you do that for me?”
“Only if it rains.”
“Oh look! My God-daughter is engaged and they have set the date for May 28!”
“I hope you aren’t planning on me going.”
And the times when the farmer can attend family events with you are only the times when the weather is as yucky as possible. The farmer’s wife totally deserves a medal for dealing with this planning nightmare and the independence required to do everything on her own.
6. SHE’S THE BEST PARTNER A FARMER EVER HAD
She’s family. She’s raising the kids, cooking the meals, washing the clothes, and holding the family together. She’s also running for parts, filling in on the tractor, and keeping the books in the black. She’s making due when the well runs dry and there’s no running water. She’s laughing instead of crying when she discovers a kitten hidden under your son’s bed. She’s feeding the neighbors when someone is in the hospital and she’s teaching Sunday School on Sundays.
She totally deserves her own holiday. Let’s just make it during a down time of year. Maybe February 29?
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Manager