Cecelia W. Wright made a declaration early this spring. She said, “If I run out of my boot I’m leaving.”
We were chasing heifers in a wet muddy corral. She had ran into a soft spot and her boots were stuck in the wet manure. I assumed she meant she was leaving the corral and going home but with my recent faux paus on the anniversary gift she might have meant this was the last straw and that leaving meant really leaving. Vacating the premises. Cooking for myself. Learning how the washing machine works. It occurred to me it might be wise to run over and offer a hand while her boots were still on.
A good question is why I am having this grandmother of five helping me sort heifers in an open corral in the first place. I have employees who are faster, stronger, and don’t mind getting dirty. But the truth is I would rather have my wife of 43 years help me. She doesn’t run much but she knows where to stand. She knows where and when to move by what I’m doing and the look on my face. She also knows what “gdsmkrtfpthtr!!!!” means and if she should respond to it or just ignore it. She tends to ignore it. Sometimes teamwork is more important than athletic ability. I would rather have her help me because it just goes better.
But this isn’t just about Mrs. Wright, it’s about everyone that didn’t really sign up to chase cows. They didn’t dream about holding dirty tails, helping with tough calvings, or cleaning milk houses. It’s for everyone who never considered a dairy life but because of the person they married they have to stumble over dairy boots to get in the back door. Laundry has to be separated so the good clothes don’t carry the dairy with them. They also had to learn a variety of dairy jobs out of necessity.
The amazing part is how good they are at doing these jobs. Jobs that are important but don’t receive recognition. Jobs that may seem menial but if they don’t get done or are done poorly are huge. Jobs that make the dairy function better and the family live better. These people are all-stars.
Now if you think I’m going to include a picture of Mrs. Wright in her cow chasing clothes then you don’t know Cecelia W. Wright.
And if you think I’m going to close this with gushy, love, life partner stuff then you don’t know John W. Wright.
However, I will say this about Cecelia W. Wright. She is a good cow chaser.
- John W. Wright of Wright, Inc. Dairy in Wendell