10 COMMANDMENTS FOR THE FARMER'S WIFE
Rosa E. Borntreger, Riceville, IA
1. Thou shalt not chase cows with your hands in your pockets because husbands don't like that.
2. Thou shalt cook meals that can be served 30 minutes early or two hours late.
3. Thou shalt learn how to keep farm records.
4. Thou shalt love with thy whole heart the aroma of new mown hay and sweet smelling cows.
5. Thou shalt be inspired at seeing the sun rise and relieved to see it set, even if the sink is full of dirty dishes.
6. Thou shalt learn how to open gates, guard them carefully and close them again.
7. Thou shalt thrill at the sight of a newborn calf and rejoice after you have succeeded in teaching it to drink.
8. Thou shalt live closely to God with a true faith that exceeds that of those who don't know what it's like to live on a farm.
9. Thou shalt cherish your meals together and patiently endure long waits for the vet to arrive and take the time to make decisions as when to mow the grass.
10. Thou shalt love lunch together even though the smell of the farmer may be stronger than the food on the table.