In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would get all sappy and tell you why I love working with my husband every day. I already know what my sister and sister-in-law are thinking, “Gag me with a fork”. Well too bad ladies, I love it and I’m going to tell you all about it!
My husband and I will be married for one year in April and have been farming together for the past four years. I feel very lucky to be able to work side-by-side with my husband every day. I think it makes us a stronger couple and makes the “work” feel less like work. We start the morning together, farm together, solve problems together, and go to bed together. It has its trying moments and there are days we want to strangle each other, (sorting cattle together can be a real test of a relationship) but for the most part it is pretty awesome and here is why:
1. We get to see each other every day. Sure, it is work, but when we are together it is just like hanging out. It makes the hard days easier and the good days much more fun.
2. A “good job” or a “thank-you” can be followed up with a pat on the rear without the risk of getting in trouble with HR.
3. You always have some one you can count on for a second opinion when making a business decision.
4. You never stay mad at each other for long. There will always be some cow or an employee that will tick you off more than your spouse. You will soon forgive and forget as you will want to vent to your partner about it.
5. You are able to anticipate your “co-worker’s” next move and therefore, increasing efficiency. We have been farming together for sometime now and have a pretty good flow going. I don’t want to brag, but we are probably the fastest cattle sorters around.
6. When you are having a bad day or are feeling down, your spouse is there to cheer you up.
7. If a salesperson shows up to the farm, there is a 50% chance you won’t have to deal with him/her. Simply hide and make your spouse do the talking.
8. You don’t take each other for granted. You see how hard the other works in a day, whether it be at the farm or at home, and it makes you appreciate what they do for you, the family, and the farm so much more.
9. When you find needles, syringes, and other odd items in the dryer you don’t have to worry about your spouse’s well-being; you know it is farm related.
10. Noon. You get to eat lunch together!
They are pretty simple and somewhat silly reasons (and I’m sure I am forgetting some), but my husband and I both agree that they make the farm-life even more enjoyable. I couldn’t imagine sorting cattle, making decisions, or slapping butts with anyone but him!