June 19, 2013

Baxter Black - About Woman's Work

I recently read this article in a magazine we receive, It's Woman's Work by Baxter Black. Here are a few sentences that I a really enjoyed.

To the banker, loan officer, census taker and USDA, it is considered to be managed by the man. But…how many times have you heard some rancher or farmer introduce his wife as, “…this is my wife, she does the books.” I do it myself! I can’t tell you what my electric bill is, or if the plates on my trucks are up to date, how much money we have in the bank, who insures the shop, how I’m deducting the 4-wheeler, who we still owe money to, if our kids are coming home for Thanksgiving or when I last had a dental appointment. But she can, so I don’t worry.

I have more important things to do; fix the brakes on the one-ton, change the hot-wire around the house lot, grade the gravel driveway, shoe the horses, find the missing heifer, fix the water line to the middle drinkers, get the waterer ready for winter, repair the alley gate in the corral, catch Cattlemen to Cattlemen on RFD-TV (I consider it continuing education) and find a 5/16 nut for the float arm. I’m on the job doin’ Man’s Work.

I remember being so busy one time that I asked my wife if we could afford a hired man. She said, “What are you talkin’ about? I’ve already got a good one!”

I can relate to these statements and while so much of our daily lives are truly a teamwork effort there are many things that I do and then some that Ryan does separately.

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