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It’s The Little Things

Trekking across a fresh dusting of snow to do this afternoon’s chores, I couldn’t help but think about the numerous little things in life that truly make it enjoyable. I think that’s especially true in agriculture, but I suspect it’s true in all walks of life if you only take the time to stop and see. For me…

It’s the fresh dusting of snow covering the landscape, dotted only by sagebrush and an occasional cow.

It’s the horse peering in the barn door wondering if I’m going to happen by the grain bucket. If he had a mitten or a paw, I’m sure he’d clear his breath from the windowpane.

It’s the little brown dog always at my heels.

It’s watching our growing sons master new skills, knowing they have the willingness to learn, try and make it in the world.

It’s seeing the still-present little boy inside a budding young man reveal himself as he asks, “You’re sure the spider was still under the waterer when we replaced the cover?”

It’s seeing a boy nestled in the hay feeder having a chat with the colts. What starts with a hello and a snort, soon progresses to a chat and the chomping of hay.

It’s watching our youngest wrangle horses on his bicycle, or more recently with a remote control car.

It’s seeing three generations of your family horseback and carrying out long-held traditions.

It’s spending the morning feeding cows with your spouse.

It’s watching your son put his first ride on a new colt.

It’s the first calf of the spring.

It’s a day spent fencing, looking back at a day’s progress and forward to the work ahead.

It’s watching the boys learn lessons grandparents best teach.

It’s working together as a family.

It’s all the little things that combined make the hours, the days, the weeks and the time that passes by so quickly. Come to think of it, maybe they’re the big things.

May your 2013 be brimming with the “little things in life.”

Jennifer Vineyard Womack is executive director of the Wyoming FFA Foundation and a freelance writer. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 307-351-0730.