Mom's show of appreciation for the work that goes in
It's not easy being a housewife. After sorting out the children, cleaning the house, running various errands and dealing with all kinds of school activities, there's often not enough to time to relax and enjoy yourself. Indeed, it's quite easy to feel totally overwhelmed. And this is exactly what happened to Katie Pugh.
Her husband Eugene is a farmer. So when it's harvesting time, they don't get to see each other much and this can be difficult for the young mom. One day, the stress finally got to Katie, so she decided to text him how she was feeling. Though she knew that there wasn't much Eugene could do, she didn't expect to see the following scene later on that evening.
As usual, Eugene came home tired. He apologized for not being around enough to help out, before heading into the kitchen. When their daughter came to see him, he listened to her stories and shared his dinner with her. Touched by what she saw, Katie took to Facebook to write this wonderful message:
"I snapped this picture the other night at the end of a long day. I was tired. I was irritated. I had sent my husband a text telling him that I knew it wouldn't make a difference, but I wanted him to know that I was feeling fed up with how much he works and with all that I have to do everyday by myself. The full time job, cooking dinner, bathing kids, weekend trips without him, keeping up a home, you name it I was resenting it. I have to have these little moments once (ok several times) throughout planting and harvest season. Then this happened.
He came in, fixed his plate and sat down to eat all alone. He was tired. He was hot. He was exhausted. Rather than complain, he said he was sorry I was tired and felt that way. Charlotte joined him and talked his head off and even ate most of his dinner. He didn't complain. He shared, and it hit me.
Do I wish that we saw him more than an hour or so a day? Yes. But, the love he has for his craft is something to envy. Farmers work in a thankless profession. It's always non GMO this and organic that, and let's not even talk about the stress from Mother Nature. This is a man who is working to uphold 4 generations of blood sweat and tears and showing his children the value of hard work and discipline. So while I felt frustrated, I really should have felt thankful. I got to sit down to dinner and hear all the stories from the day with the kids. I got to give them a bath and hear their squeals and giggles. I got to snuggle and love on them for 3 hours more than he did. He is the one sacrificing, not me.
We will keep on keeping on until the next rainy day when we get a few extra hours with our hard worker. In the meantime, the next time you slip into that comfy cotton shirt or eat delicious farm fresh food, thank a farmer. Where would we be without them?"
As well as being a show of appreciation for her husband, Katie's letter reaches out to all farmers working long hours and making sacrifices so we can live as we do. It's also an appeal to mothers taking care of things along at home to stay strong. After the rain comes the sun...