I always imagined that if I was able to quit my town job, I would take on the role of “ranch wife” full time. Cooking, cleaning, making bottles for calves, etc, etc. When Tom’s uncle offered me a job, I was pretty surprised that he wanted me as a ranch hand, one of the guys. Instead of spending this week in the kitchen, I spent it in the cab of a tractor.
This week tested me in every way possible. I knew going into this that it would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was right. I cried, I cussed, I killed the tractor, I spun the centers out of bales, but I learned a lot:
1. The side pockets on your ladies Carhartt jacket are cute, but don’t put your knife in there. It WILL fall out.
2. If you’re going to be in a tractor all day, wear a sports bra - just trust me on this one.
3. Cows don’t really care if your feed rows are perfectly straight. Don’t agonize over it.
4. Your hip might hurt from driving a manual transmission all day. You’re fine, this does not make you an old lady.
5. You will cry. You will yell at the people you love the most. Apologize. Move forward.
6. You will make a million mistakes. Be kind to yourself.
7. You will think there is no way in hell you can do certain things (like load the hay truck). Turns out you can, and you’re not half bad at it.
8. What your husband doesn’t know won’t hurt YOU.
9. It’s ok to ask for help. It’s also ok to be bad at this. Everyone starts somewhere.
10. You will thank yourself later for not giving up.
Moving forward, I’m going to hold tight to number 10. Every new challenge brings an opportunity to grow (and maybe a few tears too). I just want to remind you all that if I can do this, you can do anything. It will take passion and grit. It won’t be easy, but you can do it.
Here’s to doing the hard things, friends.