"Mom" isn't an easy job title to hold – it never has, and it never will be. When you factor in what moms do daily, they are just plain superheroes!
I was blessed at birth with an incredible farm mom. She could keep books, keep house, keep us all well-fed, keep my farmer Dad moving, control three kids and still handle a full time job, all while making it look simple.
When I decided to marry a farmer I was blessed again, this time with an incredible farm mom-in-law – also known as my second mom. She could do all the things my own mother was able to do, and again, make it look simple.
In July of 1992, I was confident in my ability to handle the duties of a farm wife. A husband, a farm, three kids and 23 years later most days I feel like I don't have a handle on anything. How did my esteemed "mothers" do it? I don't recall once as a child having to drink out of a measuring cup because all the glasses were dirty – and not once did my mom have to spray me down with Febreeze as the bus was honking.
But more often than not the last thing my kids hear before they fall asleep is "I love you." When they don't, it's usually, "Did somebody feed the cattle?"
Either way, I figure they still know they are loved. Worst case scenario, they will know I love them and never forget to feed. I call that successful parenting.
If you are a farm mom, do yourself a favor and take a break, not just on Mother's Day but every day. You are doing the best you can, and you do a lot! On those days you feel like you are lacking, just remember Febreeze smells good and can be used as a dual-purpose cleaner: kids and home!
Related: Letter to a Young Farmwife
At the very worst, you will be the topic of laughter years down the road at the Thanksgiving table. All those stories are greatly exaggerated anyway, right?
Everybody else, go give your mom a hug, your wife a hug, the mother of your children a hug, your Grandma a hug. Let them take off their cape, put their feet up and be treated like the superhero they are – even if just for a few minutes between Febreeze spritzes.
Happy Mother's Day!
The opinions of Jennifer Campbell are not necessarily those of Indiana Prairie Farmer or the Penton Farm Progress Group.