There has been a photo floating around Facebook lately and I just love it. It says the following:
Just a Cow
From time to time, people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a cow." Or, "That's a lot of money for just a cow." They don't know the distance travelled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a cow." Some of my proudest moments have come with "just a cow."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a cow," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a cow" and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a cow" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a cow" then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a cow" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure, unbridled joy. "Just a cow" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "just a cow," I will rise early, stay in the barn for hours and look longingly into the future. So for me, and folks like me, it's not "just a cow" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure enjoyment of the moment. "Just a cow" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a cow," but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time that you hear the phrase, "just a cow," just smile...because they clearly just don't understand.
Man.....that hits pretty darn close to home. I've got lots of "city friends" who completely do not understand our way of life. They think it's crazy we get up early to do chores, or that every vacation we took for about 20 years involved a trailer and a stock show. They don't understand the bull semen catalogs I have laying around my house and think it's nuts that I go home on weekends to sort through lambs that other people will show.
But for those of us who do understand, the "just a cow" quote above makes perfect sense. Be it the first cow I bought from our neighbor when I was 8 years old, or the horse that my dad bought me before I could walk, or the show lamb that we spent more time (and maybe money!) with than most people spend on a child....I promise you that they are more than "just a cow." As I explained recently, those animals helped to raise me and that is something that until you have experienced it, you probably won't ever understand. I couldn't be more thankful for all of the "just a cows" in my life. I thought I'd share pictures of a few of them.
|Brent - First State Fair class winner we raised|
|Baldy - Horse my dad got me when I was 6 months old|
|Brosic - First Grand Champion|
|Hoss - Graduation present from Wade|
|Princess - First County Fair Grand Champion we raised|
|Lily - My favorite flop eared pig.|
|Walter - First sale slot and blue ribbon at Roswell|
|Jake - grouchy guard dog|
|Lester - Drank prune juice from the can|
|Harley - Very first banner|