Have you ever heard the phrase “Farm Time”? Some of you farmers are of course nodding your heads while sipping your coffee, but others may not be quite so familiar with the term. Allow me to explain!
Farm Time: a point of time as measured in hours past the originally appointed hour of completion.
“He said he would be in the house for dinner by 5:00, so according to farm time, I will have it ready by 6:00.”
“Farm Time” is mentioned with a little bit of a wink around here. It’s something farm wives use to estimate when they will actually see their husbands, or even the rest of the family. Farmers often have a reputation for being late, but if it’s important enough they will be there. Our dad specifically made it a priority to be in church every Sunday. Though we were sneaking in the back often enough, we knew it wasn’t an option to miss a service.
Farmers do not have a 9-5 job, they have a list of things they would like to get done, and a list of things that NEED to get done. If it’s a good day, they manage to cross a few things off the first list, but if it’s a bad day the latter list will unexpectedly grow. When you have a whole herd of cows depending on you for their basic needs, you can’t just clock out. Even if you have employees to help out, their scheduling needs come before your own. Farm time can be used jokingly to say farmers are always late. However, it also means they are doing what needs to be done. Putting their animals above their personal schedule. Only when the cows are taken care of can they even think about taking care of themselves.