Photo: Marie and Mark Canon, of Canon Dairy Farm in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, with their son, Trent Canon, and daughter, Josie Offerdahl.
I first met him in a cow barn at the county fair. I had hoped he would ask me out that week but he didn’t. I thought I would never see him again (he was from the next county over). But a good friend had invited him to a bonfire the following week. There, he asked if he could call me! Just shy of a year later, Mark asked if I could help him with evening milking because everyone else had meetings or the night off. Chores were uneventful. He made me pancakes for dinner. I helped him clean up then went to the living room to watch TV. Next thing we know there are about 15 heifers running past the window having a grand old time! By the time we got the heifers in, the fence repaired, and back into the house his parents and brother-in-law were home.
His parents greeted us with a bit of an odd expression and invited the brother-in-law to watch TV. They closed the door and turned the volume up louder than normal. Then that blue-eyed, dark-haired boy took me out to the porch swing. He read me a great poem, that he wrote, that summed up our year together with humor and love! The last line was him asking me to marry him!
Now, more than thirty years later, I can see how that one evening was just a snippet of what are our life together was going to look like. Working together, cows and heifers throwing monkey wrenches in the middle of best laid plans, in-laws that pay attention and do what is necessary for the health of our relationship, humor and lots of laughter and most importantly, love. Love for each other, love for our kids and extended family, love of the land and animals entrusted to our care and the love and care of our Lord Jesus who saw fit to have us meet in a cow barn at the county fair over thirty years ago.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.