About this time every year the weather starts to warm up a bit and Bren starts waking up earlier and earlier. The good part of this is that he puts a hot latte in front of me as soon as I get up but the bad is that the guilt starts.
Because our farm is our home I feel guilty when he leaves early and spends the days labouring away outside while I am playing with a 2 year old. He is shovelling concrete and we are playing with play do, he is driving the tractor and we are dressing up, he is feeding the chooks or pruning the trees or planting or weeding and we are playing.
About this time of year every year we have a conversation about our roles as parents and on the farm and afterwards we both feel better. Funny how we need to have it over and over every year.
He is working away outside and then when he comes in for meals is exhausted and hungry and hasn't got the energy to fix a meal for himself and the team. I feel like I am not pulling my weight if I am not contributing to the running of the farm.
But if I make sure there's food in the fridge and prepare the meals then I am contributing and I can still hang out with Miss Pepper, guilt free.
These are very traditional male/female roles but they work for us in these really busy times of the year. And then at other times we swap, he looks after the girls and I work on the farm, that's fun too.
Yesterday we had seven hungry farm working mouths to feed at lunch time. They walked in to lunch on the table and ate these cookies with tea afterwards.
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