Holding down two jobs isn’t for me


As I sat and listened to my husband calling in an order for fertilizer to nourish our hayfields, I heard him tell the Co-op how much potash, lime and all the ingredients that made up this “green grow” mixture. I asked him, “How do you know how much of each thing you need?” 

He told me he had learned lots from older farmers, but he had acquired lots of the knowledge from taking agriculture during his high school years at Ethel.

He learned about farming, cattle breeding, crop rotation and he had even taken some classes in wood working. He learned how to raise cattle and has been successful at this for many years. I have been married to him for nearly 58 years, and I guess I just never thought about that part of his education.

One of my grandsons has taken this same course for the past two years and he has not learned these particular skills. He has told me that they have studied cattle — not to the extent his Pawpaw did — and that one day, they prepared the beds outside the ag building to plant shrubs.

I remember taking home economics for two years. I learned to cook the basics, to sew, to plan a menu, and to actually run a household. This particular class and my grandmother’s hands-on classes were where I learned to be the seasoned cook I am today.

As we talked about our classes from years ago, I wondered what had happened to the diversity taught in the agriculture classes and why in the world home economics classes were discontinued. 

As I thought about this, I realized that back during the late fifties and the sixties, most wives stayed at home taking care of the house, cooking and raising children while the husbands went out into the work field and made a living for their families. 

At that time, it seems as if we could do with less and still have that family time.

Nowadays things are so different. 

It is as if it takes both of the spouses to be in the work field just to be able to take care of their family’s needs, and sometimes their wants. 

There are more married women who are more independent than I was, and they want a career outside of the home. I feel as if sometimes the wife and husband are in competition with each other.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman working and having a career outside the home, it was just not for me. 

I suppose am of the old school; I still hold on to the reasoning that our home is my job. I believe that I need to have supper ready every night by a certain time because he has worked for me all day. And, I believe it is my job to take care of him. 

I realize I will annoy many women, but hey, whatever you want is okay for you and I surely applaud you for holding down two jobs.

Pineapple Pie

1 unbaked pie shell

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 stick of butter

1 cup of crushed pineapple

3 T. flour

1 T. vanilla

2 eggs

Beat all ingredients together and fill pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.