Wednesday, May 7, 2014

things you don't like but you do anyway

Our place of work isn't normal. We just aren't. Since coming to this office nearly 5 years ago the saying about who you work with is what makes the job couldn't ring more true. I didn't want to come here, I dreaded moving here and now I'm not sure I want to ever leave.

We make house calls to get paperwork signed. We sit at kitchen tables and share a pot of coffee and tears over the loss of 50 head in a forest fire. We hold the hands of dying old ranchers while they tell us stories followed by how much they appreciate what we do. We drive pick-ups to help feed sheep during a particularly dry winter. We (Bonnie, I'm not very good at this one) comfort widows while they cry because they are lost without their husband. We visit nursing homes just to make sure they know they aren't forgotten.

And while I don't like to admit that things change. While I often don't know what to say. The smile spreading across an old ranchers face when we walk into the nursing home tells me I don't have to say anything. Our actions are enough, caring enough to walk through those nursing home doors when I really, really don't want to is enough.

 And that is what makes life AND work worth it.


  1. This is probably my favorite blog you've written. Good for you, Jen!

  2. Awesome job! I don't know how you do it, emotionally. I may or may not have just teared up reading that because I know how much the little things mean. Way to go!

  3. You are counselor, financial consultant, advocate, and a million other things all rolled into one. Keep up the excellent work.