Baxter Black: She Does The Books
August 15, 2018
This is my wife. She does the books. I do the important stuff
Like mend the fence and check the cows, She makes sure the income's enough
To cover the cost of farmin'. She's tight as a new hat band.
I need to buy a new baler, she figgers out if we can.
I spend all day in the pickup, she's in the office all day
Just talkin' with the SCS or checkin' the price of hay
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Or dealin' with the accountants and keepin' the banker straight.
I might be cleanin' a ditch out or hangin' a rusty gate
She fills out all the blasted forms the government makes us keep.
She reads those regulations till she's fightin'em in her sleep.
Me, I go to sleep a'dreamin' of bulls and barns and sales,
She's dreamin' the inventory or estimatin' bales
She still finds time to bake a pie between her business deals
And I keep busy all the time just greasin' squeaky wheels.
I told my wife that we should think 'bout gettin' a hired man.
Runnin' a farm ain't easy, good managers need a plan.
She agreed that it weren't easy to manage and keep abreast
"But, why," she asked, "Get a hired man? I've already got the best."