Monday, February 21, 2011

Made For a Man...

...but are they strong enough for a woman?

Since September I have worn out 4 pairs of heavy-duty cowhide gloves and I noticed a few days ago that my 5th pair has started to tear.  At least half a dozen pairs of thick wool socks, and my favorite pair of work jeans, have also met their demise.  The first pair of muck boots I owned lasted over 5 years, during which time I wore them to the barn, walking my dog year-round, and to class in the winters.  My current pair is just over a year old and I've noticed the constant muddy mix has begun to eat away at some of the waterproof stitching.

Consider this a challenge, Carhartt!  I work harder than your gloves do, and it's nearly official.  The ones pictured above lasted about a month, and the "heavy duty" boot socks I've been wearing under my muck boots gave out after about, oh, 5 or 6 weeks.

Every day on the farm brought new challenges but it brings a peaceful balance with it, too.  With a lot of hard work and interminable senses of humor, things are looking good.  In other words, the work I came here to do is nearing its end.  I'm headed home.  What an incredible journey it has been— I will never forget this place, the pigs, or the people I came to love here.  I hope to be back soon, maybe when there are a few less pigs and a little less mud.  I hope my girls remember me, because I know I will never forget them.  At times I was pushed to the utter limits of my physical strength, my mental capacity for multitasking and problem-solving, and the depths of my humanity.  I never thought I would get into an automatic vehicle and reach my foot blindly for the clutch, but... here I am, some weird college/city/farmgirl hybrid who misses the contents of her closet but also loves to drive the tractor.  Wah not?

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
                — Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)


Justin said...

Please send to Carhartt they need to know.....

kmattran said...

you, lovely, are the [wo]man. Working harder than Carhartt equipment/apparel ain't no joke.

itiswhatitis said...

Try Red Wing/Irish Setter for your boots... If you blow through them they will replace them and want to know what they can do to make them better.

As for Carhartt, they definitely need to know about the gloves

~~Marshi said...

Cute! ^^ :)

Jen said...

Must be feeling really good to be in there with the animals :-) I like the fact that you take happiness in little-little tings.

I'd luv it if you would peep into my blog sometime.

Luv & Light to you! :)