Every job has its own challenges, but farming is an extremely demanding and thankless long hours career path. Married to a farmer, Katie Pugh used to wish that her husband would spend less time on the farm.
But one day, she realized how her husband’s work has impacted the world—and that changes everything.
“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 every day by myself,” wrote Pugh.
She wished that the family can spend a little more time with her husband.
“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,” added Pugh.
“Charlotte joined him and talked her head off and even ate most of his dinner. He didn’t complain. He shares, and it hits me.”
Despite her wanting to see him more than an hour a day, Pugh realized how her husband is working in a thankless profession to uphold 4 generations of blood, sweat, and tears while showing the value of hard work and discipline to his children. She got to spend hours of time with their children every single day, but not her husband.
“He is the one sacrificing, not me.”
So the next time you eat delicious farm fresh food or wearing a nice cotton shirt, don’t forget to thank a farmer and their families.