Evidence of a Hard Day’s Work
I’m the last one to bed tonight. Steve and the boys are already snoring softly and peacefully. These are the kinds of snores that come after putting in an honest day’s work.
I had to laugh quietly to myself as I was washing my face at the bathroom vanity and looked down at the dirt smeared on the bar of soap at the sink. Only Lava soap will do in this house after a hard day’s work! Steve, Jacob and Levi don’t want any fluffy, foaming, beautiful scented cleanser. I think the boys like the grittiness of “pumice powered” Lava soap to get all the well-earned grime off their hard working hands.
Somehow this grimy bar of soap doesn’t make me upset thinking I have another mess to clean up. Instead, the dirt on the soap represents to me all that our children gain by living on a dairy farm. It stands for confidence, responsibility, self-respect, and a sense of being centered and grounded. Even after school all day and rock picking all afternoon and into the evening they still have smiles on their sweaty, dirt-streaked faces! Our children seem to gain confidence in themselves and have a sense of accomplishment with a good day’s work and a job well done.
Even though sometimes they complain about having to work, like all teenagers do, they always seem to walk in the door with a little more spring in their step, a few inches taller and a little more self-assured. So, I can go to bed now with a smile on my lips and a prayer of gratefulness and thanksgiving in my heart for the Lord allowing us to raise our children in the best place possible — on a dairy farm.