Our home ranch is featured in this month’s Edible Austin magazine. If you like the photos, they are a credit to my husband and partner, Ralph Mitchell. He’s also the one responsible for doing the steak grilling for the taste-testing we do of each harvest of beef, not to mention the bulk of the ranch work.
This article presents an idyllic view of our life. In reality, it is hard work almost every day. It is also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.
While I was in Washington D.C. last week, a cab driver from Mauritius, upon hearing that I ranched for a living, asked how many hours a week we worked and what we did for a vacation. He seemed surprised when I explained we pretty much worked while the sun was up and that time off the ranch was only by necessity.
I found myself explaining that although we work really hard almost every day, our “vacations” come in small moments that don’t happen during most people’s work life. Often, in the midst of a stressful event, I’ll be caught by the beauty of a nighthawk chasing insects in the morning sun, or the smell of clover in bloom. As it mentions in the article, we sometimes turn a routine chore like checking on the cows into a mini romantic interlude. Honestly, if I had a week with no responsibilities or duties, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but here on our home ranch.
I wonder how much different the world would be if most people were able to find the same kind of reward in their daily labor.