Raising a Farmer

Alot of work but always room for laughter

Talking During Milking

on March 9, 2017

I knew Nate and I did most of our talking during morning and evening milking but I didn’t realize how much we actually talked during milking. For the past six weeks Nate has been healing after having surgery done on his shoulder. A procedure that was put off and put off and finally needed to be done because on a dairy farm there is never a good time. As Nate has been healing and trying not to go stir crazy I have been doing the milking. The past couple of days Nate has been outside more and is in the barn during milking and beginning to milk again. He gets tired quickly and is cautious how he uses his arm. I am happy for him to be out in the barn more, not to take some of the workload off, but to just have him in the barn.

During milking Nate and I would plan out our day, our week and our month. During milking is where we set goals for ourselves. During milking is when we talk about cows. During milking is when we talk about Everett and Vivian. During milking is when we talk about the things that are bothering us and the things that are making us happy. During milking is where we feel like we are solving world problems, whether small or big. During milking is when we would usually resolve a disagreement we were having. Not having this time with each other has been eye opening for me. I knew we talked during milking but I really didn’t realize the extent of what and how much we talked about during milking. I am happy to see Nate’s face in the barn when I look up from a milking unit.

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