I want to write a book. I’ve always wanted to write a book. There is just this image of me typing madly away in a coffee shop somewhere or sitting a big leather chair in front of a fire, proofreading.

The reality of this is that I’m here frantically typing while my kids are upstairs napping and my husband is out fixing equipment…these are the precious moments that I have to myself and I use them up doing this…..and I love every second of it.

What prompted me to actually sit down and start writing was the fact that I said it out loud one day to my husband.

“I’ve always wanted to write a book.”

And his reply was so….him.

“Why don’t you?” (Him in the way that it was to the point and as always 100% supportive no matter how crazy it seems.)

“I don’t know what I’d write about.”

“How about “Farm wives – the new generation.”

Hmmmmmmm…….that struck a chord. I mean it’s not an award-winning title or concept (not yet anyways!!)…but the idea behind it really resonated. I am a farmer’s wife….I am the new generation of this type of wife…and I’m not like the “typical” farm wife stereotype. And no matter what “type” of farm wife, our common bond is that we are all there supporting our families as they put the world’s food on the table. It’s not an easy life by any stretch of the imagination nor is it the poetic, idyllic life that the movies/TV tends to portray. It’s a way of life that is both stressful and rewarding at the same time. Living on a farm gives us numerous opportunities to enjoy our growing family and the gorgeous world around us. Taking a deep breath after a summer rain and being able to taste the air….watching your kids faces as they witness a calf being born….eating carrots right out of the garden (they taste better with the dirt on!) or watching your husband, sweaty and dirt-stained from the day, take your daughter’s tiny hand as they walk across the yard together.

These little moments are why we love what we do and are why we, generation after generation, we continue to do it.

And that is what I want to share with the world…

Oh, and this…


17 responses to “Sharing…”

  1. Dear Cathryn,
    Your piece here, this time, really struck a chord with me. Years ago, we moved to the country, to give our children the opportunity to grow up knowing where their food came from, and learning to love the very basic things, like the sunrises and the sunsets, the wind, the rain, the seasons of the year. They too had the awesome privilege of witnessing the miracle of birth up close. So many things were learned, just because they were here, in front of us.

    I’m glad you speak for the new generation of farm wives~because the world will always need to be fed. Regardless of the differences in our world and previous generations, the same indomitable spirit that gave them the ability to do all the things they did, also gives us the ability to do the things we are confronted by. As long as the world sits at our table, there will be farm wives.

    Keep on writing Cathryn!

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