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Putting my poem up for sale was a bit nerve wracking artistically and logistically. When I listed the poem on Facebook, I had never done much shipping before. In hindsight, I should have looked into that first – before coming up with a price. Lesson learned!

I learned a bit about packing, shipping and keeping addresses organized. I also downloaded the PayPal app so I could send orders right from my phone.

That was all good for me to learn. However, those were just little things compared to the kind and community-centered responses I got from women around the US. I feel much more connected to “farm wives” after putting this poem “out there.”

So far, I have been fortunate enough to send a poem to these states:

Missouri
South Dakota
Indiana
Pennsylvania
Illinois
Michigan
Alabama
Oklahoma
Kansas
Colorado

I didn’t want to list these states to show how many poems had sold (Less than 50, but hey…I am thrilled).

I wanted to show that there are farm wives in every state! Women who work every day to care for kids, husbands, livestock and homes. We are part of a larger community of women.

Mother’s Day is getting very close and this will be one that I always remember! I would love to keep writing, but I am heading out to help my Mom move some of her cows!

Sierra Shea

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