Sheilah: The week I graduated [with a Penn State University nursing degree] was the week Mike started planiting corn. He made sure to take time off to come to the ceremony though.
Mike: I wouldn’t have missed that for the world! I can’t express how proud and happy I felt when I watched her walk across that stage! I think I clapped harder than anyone else in attendance. Both of our parents were there, as was Sheilah’s sister and niece.
It was a beautiful sunny day – yes, a perfect day to be planting corn. But I didn’t even care. Sheilah worked her butt off for this degree, and it wouldn’t hurt me to give up one day for her.
Sheilah: Now that I’m not in class anymore, I have time to do something that I haven’t had much time to do over the past year – cook! I knew that as soon as I was done with class Mike would be getting busy and would have no free time.
I’ve been able to take him lunch and supper almost every day. I had to come up with new ideas for meals, though. I was tired of all the “quick” meals we'd been eating while I was in school – especially pizza! I love pizza. Pizza and I need to take a break for a while.
Mike: She started showing up while planting corn with all kinds of stuff: fish sandwiches, sloppy joes, chicken wraps, beef wraps, and hot sausage sandwiches. I was surprised at how good the chicken and beef wraps were. I wouldn’t normally think of them as “manly” food. But I’ll eat them any day she brings them out!
Being as she’s going to be a registered nurse, she also makes sure I get my fruits and vegetables for the day – carrots, grapes, peaches and smoothie drinks she finds at the store. One thing's for sure: I haven’t been going hungry this planting season. The best part of the food, though, is that Sheilah usually stays for a while when she brings it. That's my dessert.
With only an oversized armrest in the tractor, I can’t blame her for not staying too long. But she doesn’t seem to mind too much. I think she's just happy she doesn’t have homework to do!
Sheilah: One night after I delivered the food, I had errands to run and couldn’t stay. Mike told me he might need a ride in a couple of hours.
That wasn’t a problem. But his phone was going dead, and his tractor's cigarette lighter wouldn’t work. So he wouldn’t have a way to tell me when he was ready or where he was at.
We switched phones since mine had at least a half-charge. I figured I'd be playing secretary all night by directing Mike’s calls to my phone when someone called him. Surprisingly, his phone hardly rang at all. It usually rings nonstop!
Mike: It’s time for me to get a new phone. The one I have isn’t trustworthy anymore, and that makes me uneasy. The next day it rains or the day after I’m done planting, whichever comes first, I’m off to Verizon to upgrade!
The Reskovacs farm near Uniontown, Pa. Read all their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" columns in American Agriculturist.
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