1. The last piece of pie

You know that last piece of a homemade pie that your mom let you have? Actually, she was craving it all day but instead let you have it when she came home from work.

2. Nothing gets done until chores are done

It’s your mom’s birthday and she expects to go out to dinner to celebrate as a family. However, it’s 6:30 and you and your siblings are just finishing farm chores, and come in smelling like the barn. Your mom never lets it show, however, that she was patiently waiting for hours for this ‘special dinner’.


3. She knows the importance of riding in the field with dad

As a little kid, many of us loved to ride with Dad In the fields. Right away once you were home from school you’d ask for her to take you out to the field. She never told you she had loads of laundry, dishes, and meals to prepare but she instead took you anyways.

4. The nights taking care of the children by herself during planting and harvest season

Being a farmer’s wife while its harvest season can sometimes get old. Having a husband in the field until midnight and having to take care of the kids by herself is hard, but your mom does it anyways. Sometimes, she even brings a meal to your dad in the field. That is if he’s lucky.

5. The pros and cons of country living

Living in the Country is nice, except for when your mom sends you to go to the store and you forget an item. She hates the idea of having to drive all the way into town but does it anyways so you can have your favorite homemade spaghetti for dinner that night.

6. Tracking shavings into the clean house

While you are out in the barn walking and taking care of livestock and attract what seems like millions of shavings onto your clothing, your mom is inside cleaning the house. That is until you come in and leave a trail of shavings on the floor. She may hate it, but loves that you are working hard and following your passion.

7. Having to drive the truck and trailer to a show for you while dad is busy on the farm

It’s spring and your dad is still planting in the field. There is a livestock show that weekend, and although your mom hates driving the 24 ft. gooseneck and your dads’ truck, she does it anyways to see you happy.


8. Saying goodbye

Growing up and moving into college is hard. When your mom dropped you off at your new place, she never told you that walking out of that dorm room was one of the hardest things she has had to do; letting her baby grow up. She never told you that even though she may have hated some of the things she has done for you growing up, she wouldn’t have traded it for the world and wishes she could do it all over again.

9. The one thing that YOU never told her

Throughout it all, your mom has been there throughout it all. She has grown to love and share the same passion as you and helps you in numerous ways whether it be in the field, at home, or in the barn. You have never told her that you can’t ever repay her for all of her selfless deeds and that she is your hero. That one day you hope to be half of the woman that she is.

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bridget_halatBridget Halat
Iowa State University

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