Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine’s Day Is For Men Only*

Feb 11, 2010 10:20 AM, Troy Marshall, editor Beef Magazine

This isn’t an advice column because I’m as qualified to advise others on romance as I am to predict the weather. However, experience tends to lead to opinions if nothing else.

I’m assuming a lot here, but my guess is that most of you are in the same boat as I am – you married well over your head; “out-punting your coverage” is one football metaphor for the situation.

I’ve read tributes to the women in agriculture before, and while always eloquent, they don’t do full justice to what the lady of the house means to an operation. She’s an equal partner in most cases, with a host of added burdens.

Because her job requires her to be on the road this time of year, my wife hasn’t been home on Valentine’s Day for more than a decade. Unfortunately, I’ve used that as an excuse for not having to do anything overtly romantic to commemorate the day.

I realize that without my wife, I’d probably only shave once a week and subsist on frozen pizza and potato chips. Except for the life-expectancy aspects, that might not sound so bad, but I shudder to think what my two boys and lovely girl would be without their mom.

In our younger days, there were times of flowers and candy to express my feelings, but now I realize that Valentine’s Day is a chance to say and do what I should say and do all the time – express my gratitude for one of God’s greatest gifts – the love of a great spouse.

As I write this, I certainly don’t have a romantic getaway planned, or even a thoughtful gift on my agenda. I do know that ever since she said “I do,” I’ve been woefully inadequate in expressing how fortunate I feel. My advice is for all of us to do our best to figure out how to express that, and then do it every day. 

This wonderful column was too good not to pass on.  I wish I could write like Troy Marshall. as I have every reason to pen a glowing tribute to the Love of my Life on this Valentine's Day.

For my few readers in the cattle business (RTA, this means you) Beef Magazine is an excellent publication delivered free to your in-box in various permutations including "Cow-Calf Weekly).  Articles are timely and the adverts keep one up to date on what is new in the  industry.  Check it out.


  1. This comment was from one of Troy's friends:

    Troy, you sap.
    Preheat oven to 400, then put frozen pizza in there for about 20 minutes before eating. It will be much better than simply living on "frozen pizza"(remove plastic wrap first).
    Looks like this is the cheapskate's way of giving a Valentine's Day present to Lorna, with your words for all to see. (it will probably work!)

  2. That's bad advice. Frozen pizza tastes terrible, even when heated in the oven.
    Try a romantic getaway — to the back 40," perhaps.


Comments are encouraged. But if you include a commercial link, it will be deleted. If you comment anonymously, please use a name or something to identify yourself.