Doubly Isolated

The life of a farmer is a difficult one, mixed with perpetual toil in good weather all through the busy season. and perpetual loneliness sets in when bad weather and winter comes along.  The work done by the farmer’s spouse is especially challenging, as she is condemned to a life of hard work from early morning to night, day after day, and year after year.  If a farmer leads an isolated life, the life which his wife leads is doubly isolated, as it is unfathomable how much time and effort is involved in running a farm.

The farmer’s wife is often frustrated and overwhelmed handling the paperwork and farm finances, running errands, researching new farming techniques, figuring out what they should plant and when it was time to harvest.  Raising the chickens and other livestock always seems to be the wife’s job and that is very time-consuming, and tiring.  Most times it is just easier for her to do the work herself, instead of getting into a debate of whose task it is.  It is despicable that the farmer always finds time to smoke his tobacco and strum his banjo, while his wife stays busy doing laundry and sewing, as a woman’s work is never done.  Somehow this does not seem fair!

The threat of droughts always has them praying for rain, floods have them praying it will stop, there are always weeds, and insect damage that they must contend with.  A farm is a wonderful environment to raise kids, as they learn proper work ethic and the values of hard work.  The day came when the kids left for college and the wife was waiting to sell all of the chickens, so they could have a long overdue celebration.  With the children gone and the work load being less, her husband said, “All I need is you, so tell me what you want.”  The farmer’s wife replied, “It would be nice to be pampered and I love eating chocolate.”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Isolated, for the Daily Spur prompt – Despicable, for FOWC with Fandango – Debate, for February Writing Prompts – All I need is you, for Ragtag Community – Waiting, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Chocolate Isolated Spouse, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Celebration and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Pampered.

12 thoughts on “Doubly Isolated

      1. Hi Jim,
        it’s proving more popular that I thought it would be when I took over, so I’m well pleased that it’s so well received. I’ve got some regulars who do it every day and a few once in a while, but I always try to read their posts and acknowledge them. I’m enjoying it too, and with the Take Seven on a Friday using all 21 words of that week, that’s a challenge to myself!!

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    1. Thanks Punam. Of course there is, but I have covered many different subjects. This story cane together when I saw isolated was used twice as a prompt, once by Sheryl and then again by Di in her Three Things challenge. That coincidence gave me the title Doubly Isolated and my research of these words led me to a story about a farmer’s wife.

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