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Thursday, July 22 2010


This weekend we were leaving a Gun Show (a whole 'nuther story) when Son announced "Dad, Justin wants your job."

His father works for a large agency with long arms that give him state and federal jurisdiction. Son's friend, Justin, works for the same large police department that I work with and it's ripe with opportunities for young officers, so I said,

"A lot of people want your father's job. Aside from the big paycheck, what is it exactly that he wants?"

"Oh, he wants to travel and do all the special weapons and operations stuff."

"That is precisely the part of your father's job that I DON'T like," I said. 

Since I was the only female in the truck, I didn't get any agreement. From a young man's point of view, Other Half has an awesome job - cool toys, the element of danger, state and federal jurisdiction, travel, a great paycheck, and a certain amount of freedom to get yourself into trouble. What's not to love for a testosterone-ridden American Male?  From the point of view of the woman at home - death and an empty bed come to mind, but then, those aren't the kind of things that men think about.


While Other Half does come with a certain set of unique skills that make him handy to have around in a war, or if the zombies attack,  I rather appreciate his other skills more:

 * Always answers his phone or immediately calls back to let me know he's safe!

* Appreciates good horseflesh!  Bonus: comes with cowponies! (read: High Noon )

* Knows how to pull a calf out of a cow and knows when to wait   (read:  Swinging Calves )


 * Will drive all the way across Texas in one day to get me the puppy I want  (read: On The Eighth Day )

  *Can stitch up injured sheep (read: Miss Hardy)

  * Can butcher a wild hog (read: Easter Ham )


* Will rescue any animal with a Hard-Luck story (read: Cowdog )

  * Knows how to milk a cow and a goat (read: Milking A Goat )

  * Can fix farm equipment when it breaks

* Would rather drive REAL horsepower than fast cars! (read: Driving Drafts )


* Doesn't hesitate to come on-duty to bring me a Dr Pepper, a Butterfinger, and a hug if I'm working a really bad scene

 *  Will spend all day putting up a hotwire fence in the rain, and then not stroke out when I announce that the sheep and LGD will not be allowed in that pasture because the dog was just shocked by the hotwire and freaked out   (read: Justice? )

 These are just a few of the skills that Other Half possesses which do not include weapons and special tactics.  When the zombies come, I'll probably be very happy for those fancy weapons skills, but until then, I can appreciate these skills more.  Big guns, cool gear, and Ninja skills don't make a real man.  A big paycheck doesn't make a real man.   Blood, sweat, tears, hugs and patience, make a real man.















Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:24 am   |  Permalink   |  7 Comments  |  Email
Girl you touched my heartstrings again!!! (This is Jennifer, I am the one who took your Ruth). I never told you but my husband is a Special Agent with DHS - AND I am up to five horse/mules now, so much of what you post I can really relate to!!!!! Yes he keeps an arsenal of weapons around and keeps a handgun strapped to his ankle during waking hours - but to me - doctoring my critters and fixing my fences and killing my weeds and offloading my feed and hay - now THATs the skills a woman needs!
Posted by jennifer stewart on 07/23/2010 - 08:52 AM
Heck yeah!!! It isn't the Special Agent who is getting my hay put up or waging war on the mosquitoes in my barn, it's the Rancher! On the other hand, when the zombies attack, we'll be happy to have our special agents too!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 07/23/2010 - 10:43 AM
Does other half have a brother that wants to move to missouri? Thats my kind of guy.
Posted by konny on 07/23/2010 - 11:48 AM
One of my favorites yet!
Posted by Holly on 07/24/2010 - 10:54 PM
Unfortunately Other Half doesn't have any available brothers! Sorry!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 07/24/2010 - 11:32 PM
Fantastic post! My hubby is retired Military and I too rely on his "regular" skills rather than his "military skills" unless they are needed! I went back and read all the stories you posted in 2009. Lots of tears and laughs later I realize that all of us "farm or ranch girls are pretty much the same inside. Thanks again for the great stories.
Posted by Shawna Eubanks on 07/25/2010 - 12:38 PM
Thank you! You have no idea how good that makes me feel! It's nice to know there are "farm sisters" out there who share the same adventures!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 07/25/2010 - 02:29 PM

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