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Women In Ag: Time Matters - But Not the Way I Thought

I used to run. I’ve clocked many a mile pushing my oldest son in his stroller on the roads around our house. Since having my second son, it’s been harder for me to fit running into my schedule. But late this summer, I decided it was time to at least start back walking.  

The first night I laced on my running shoes, strapped on the baby, sat my toddler in the stroller, put my ear buds in, and started my running app. I couldn’t run with the baby strapped to me, but I planned to walk 3 miles around the farm as fast as I could.   

We started down our driveway to walk on “the nature trail,” as my 4-year-old calls it. I was focused on the Time Elapsed my running app was tracking. Turns out, time was important, but not the way I initially thought.  

Through the songs playing in my ear buds, I could hear my son talking. I turned the music down. Then I slowed down.

“What’s that, Momma?”

“Look at the bird.”

“Momma, those are soybeans.”

My focus shifted from the time it took to walk 3 miles to the time spent with my boys walking those miles. I took out my ear buds and tuned into my son, talking with him and answering his questions.  

The trail starts in our driveway, where we now stop every night so he can pick a soybean pod. Throughout the season, this has given me a chance to talk with him about how soybeans grow and change. Early on, we looked for flowers, then green pods, and finally brown pods. We’ve opened pods and counted how many soybeans were inside.  

We walk by the cornfield, or what was formerly known as a cornfield since it’s been harvested. Every night, we pick up a corn cob, minus the corn. We have talked about cornstalks, who eats corn, what color corn is, and how it is harvested. We watched corn unload from the trucks into the grain bin.  

We’ve seen deer tracks and coyote tracks, but not tracks from the dinosaur he thinks lives in the woods we walk by.

We’ve watched tobacco plants get taller, the leaves grow bigger, and change from green to yellow before they were harvested.

Our journey takes us past the tobacco barns, where his daddy cures tobacco, and leads us to the sweet potato house. Inside, sweet potatoes are first cured, then stored.  

Finally, we end up back at the soybean field leading to our house. The other night, I let my son walk up our driveway.  He walked into the field, then headed toward the house, walking over the soybean plants. When I asked him what he was doing, his reply was, “I’m harvesting the soybeans.”

Since that first night, I haven’t tracked the distance we’ve walked or taken my ear buds. My oldest son taught me that sometimes slowing down is more important than speed or distance.  






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