“A Persons success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
I have found this statement to be true. Unfortunately in Life I have had to have several uncomfortable conversations with people, some of whom were bosses, some friends, and some with people that I really did not know but they put me a position that I did not want to be in. Sometimes you have to find your voice so that you can release emotions that you are storing up.
When I tell people that I own a farm, they turn and look at my husband, and ask, what do you farm, and how many acres is it, and what is a tree farm like all the while ignoring me. Wait, do you mean that just because I am a woman I can not be a farmer? and that I can not answer questions about MY farm. I am the one who works to check fire lanes, who mows and weed eats the brush ( OK I do get a bit of help for that) but it is on my terms. I pay the taxes, I schedule the tree harvesting, and I look to renew the natural habitat.
We were at my Uncles funeral today. and people were asking my husband about the farm, and I was starting to get a bit annoyed, and he said to them, Well, you should really ask my wife, she and her folks have owned the property for over 60 years. (Yes, my Dad bought the place the month before I was born) and they look at me in disbelief that I could possibly know what I am doing. I very nicely smiled and said , My Dad took me every where He went, I learned how to build fences before I was 3, and I was driving Dads tractor when I was two. ( Ok, so I was sitting on his lap and holding on to the steering wheel) OH and I still have Dads tractor. Did you know if you add lime to the fields as the trees are growing, that they grow taller and stronger quicker.? That usually shuts the conversation down.
WE women are just as capable if not more so sometimes, then men at running farms, companies, and being CEOS of large corporations. We should not be taken for granted on what knowledge we have on our area of expertise. So sister Farm Girls, Use your voice to tell people how you see things in this lovely world that we live in.
Well, that’s all the news from the south,
Happy” farming” to all the farm girl sisters out there.
See you next time. down on the farm.