Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Patience!

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.  Jean de La Fontaine


The fresh cool morning air floats through the open bedroom window, I have been patiently waiting for mornings like this, that crisp air that cleans out the dust and cobwebs of your mind and keeps your dreams fresh and beautiful. Oh I am so happy you have finally made it. My eyes are shut and I find myself lingering so relaxed and happy.

Oh no what is that? I can feel my relaxed state disappearing replaced by that familiar tensing of my muscles…… I opened my eyes, my ears are filled with the sound of mooing extremely loud mooing, kind of like the on the lawn close mooing. I bolt out of bed to look out the window. The words running thorough my head are please don’t let them be out please don’t let them be out. I am not going to be able to get them in by myself. My heart is racing and pounding so hard as if it will pop through my chest ….

Our cows have been roaming the winter pasture these days grasping hold of every tiny sprout of green, the weather has been cooler so those green morsels that they have always enjoyed this time of year have been a little slow coming. This is compounded by the fact that our hay supply is dwindling so they are I must admit as impatient as we are. There is nothing I would like better than to let them in the field behind the house so I can sit at my kitchen table and watch their tails wagging and their heads down, their smiling faces looking up every once in a while with that green hanging from their mouths, to see what I am doing. That constant sound of their munching always soothing me, not like this sound of loud bawling most times meaning something is not as it should be.

I quickly see that there are no cows under the bedroom window my heart slows down a little, that is a very good sign. I could see the girls standing at the gate to the barnyard lining both sides of the laneway just bawling, it appears for no other reason than they are demanding that I let them into the fields of green on both sides of where they stand. It is evident to me there is a protest going on this early morning. I can tell by the looks of disapproval and disappointment on their faces that they are impatient and I feel a little guilty. I half expected in my imagination to see signs bearing the words MORE GREEN.....MORE GREEN!!!!. Thank goodness they cannot write.

If we let them in now they will yank those sweet green morsels out by their young roots resulting in nothing to eat later, they must be patient. I holler out OK OK they stop mooing or should I say protesting and demanding, I wonder if they think I am saying I will be right there. Which I know is not even close to what I am thinking but at least the loud bawling has stopped for a moment so now I can hear myself think. I noticed that Sandy is the one standing against the gate and I wonder if she is the organizer of this protest. I always knew she was the one I had to watch. At the back of the long line of cows I could see little Annie reaching her head under the fence her long tongue grasping those sweet morsels from the hay field, I knew she was still upset with me for weaning her and now she is showing the other cows how to make me very nervous. There is nothing I can do and I am so grateful they are not out; I wander out to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee. I am hoping they figure it out and head back to eat the hay waiting for them.

I watch as one by one the older cows started walking back down that lane, they know from experience it is not going to happen today. There is still a soft mooing going on but one by one they quiet down. I pour myself a coffee and with the fresh cool breeze coming through the window, that soft mooing and the chirping of the birds building a nest under the window I sit and think about when we will all be cheering as they run into that field of lush green grass.

 I watch as the last of the young ones with Annie close behind follow the older girls down the lane. I know the young ones have never been in this field before because they were born in the winter and that can only mean one thing; Sandy has been talking to them. Drat...... I expect this little protest to be repeated every morning now until I open that gate. I am pretty sure that is it for my quiet peaceful mornings.


Patience my girls, patience.

Later





38 comments:

  1. That quote says it all doesn't it and I guess your cows will need to be patient as well, at least for now.
    In a herd there is always a ring leader that tries to urge the others on and in this case it seems to be Annie filling that roll.
    I am so glad your fears about the girls being under the bedroom windows weren't realised. x

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  2. What a way to begin your day! Hmmmm. I hope Sandy learns to be patient before she ruins every early morning for the next while!

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  3. I used to keep horses and know just so precisely what you are talking about here! It would be the same with the horses every year. The spring grass starts a-coming through and they smell it before it is even visible! Won't be too much longer, bless them!

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  4. How much I loved reading this, because quite simply, I absolutely LOVE cows! Just the sweetest most peaceful animals.

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  5. I think you are in for it! Maybe it won't be much longer and they can get where they want to go so badly. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Many a good pasture have past been ruined by impatience. Good call on your "no" *smile*

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  7. They know what they want and those little cow brains are working on the problem. Soon, it will come to them. Lean on the fence...everybody...lean on the fence.

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  8. I know JUST what it is like to hear that "too close" mooing- your heart kind of drops into your stomach.

    Patience, patience is a great word, and I hope the cows can continue to abide by it, too!

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  9. I'm glad they didn't get out. I know you must've been terrified even thinking of dealing with that scenario. Hope tomorrow morning is more peaceful for you.

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  10. What an alarm clock ;)
    I love the quote!!

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  11. Patience is one of the many things I lack in. I am sure you will be letting them out soon.... our grass here is growing very fast now.

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  12. Perfect quote. I am glad the cows weren't out and you got to enjoy your coffee!

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  13. I am so familiar with the panic of waking up from a restful sleep to the sound of a moo that is way too close :) So glad that they weren't out!
    Beth

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  14. haha sandy the protest organizer!

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  15. oh, pasture grass! root quickly, please! :) a mootiny is brewing!

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  16. That Sandy is a blabbermouth!

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  17. It looks beautiful and green, Buttons! Now if it would just grow quickly, and Sandy would settle down!

    Did you ever read the book "Click Clack Moo Cows That Type"? If not, I think you should read it...you would love it!

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  18. Hmm.. methinks Sandy is a Cowmmunity Organizer!

    Lovely long shot of the pasture!
    Vic303

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  19. But they are up with the sun, so you should be, as well...
    And the whole thing about the green, too!!
    I did not know they could rip up the grass by the roots if they get at it too early...

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  20. What a fabulous post, Buttons!! Some folks think cows are just big, lumbering, brainless animals - your posts really describe their intelligence and personality perfectly :) There are cows in the fields beside the community mailbox, so I stop and talk to them each day when I check the mail.

    I hope your bovine protesters stay peaceful :)

    Hugs!
    Mandi

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  21. "A 'mootiny' in brewing". HAHAH Texwisgirl is Too Funny!

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  22. Sandy sounds like she is stirring things up! Haha. I bet it is such a wonderful sight to see when you do let them out to the pasture!

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  23. oh Buttons! I know that fear! I even wrote about my own thoughts that the horses WAITED until i was the only one home prior to planning their little "escape" days.

    http://cargillwitch.blogspot.ca/2012/09/mensa-for-horses.html

    Today whilst walking to the barn to feed the cats I heard the telltale "tick-TICK -TICK" of a broken current in an electric fence. My heart nearly stopped. Thankfully all 11 horses were up munching hay in the barn. Which is were they remained- locked- all day until my husband and son got home to fix it.

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  24. Sandy must be practicing to be a travel agent, she sent you on a really great guilt trip!

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  25. They are smart aren't they. Patience is a hard one for lots of us!

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  26. Awww, you know the grass is always greener and all that.

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  27. So glad to hear the cows weren't out. Your photos are gorgeous.. I would want to be out as well. But I wouldn't whine till I know you have had your first cup of coffee..

    Hugs~

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  28. We have a feed lot about a mile away from us and I can hear those impatient cows so clearly from my house on a still day. :)

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  29. What a great quote!!!
    I'm so glad your cows weren't under your bedroom window. What a shame it ruined your peace and quiet moment!

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  30. So nice to finely be back to hear your ramblings. I so know that feeling of lying in bed and hearing the munching through my window or a cow bellow and fly out of bed thinking they are in the yard or the times the were in hay fields that hadn't been cut yet. What a way to ruin a peaceful morning. Well I am glad yours turned out ok.

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  31. B-the minute I read this post I remembered a book I used to read to Amy called "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin. It's about some very un-contented cows, and the demands they make using an old typewriter they find in the barn. It's hilarious and you would love it! xx

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  32. The quote is perfect for your little story! I love learning about your cows - I have never had the pleasure of getting to know a cow or calf, although I do know horses. They have the sweetest faces and so many different personalities. I am glad that they didn't escape on you and I can see why they would want to get into those lush green fields! xx

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  33. Beautiful way to begin the day and I love how the sounds decorate your morning. I don't think I've ever seen a cow up close and personal. I need to live on a farm for a couple of months just to open my mind. xoxo!

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  34. Patience is a virtue indeed. Glad your cows are ok. The grass is lovely and green. Hugs M xox

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  35. Oh how I miss the counds of cows from when I was growing up surrounded by farms :)

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  36. all together now..."MORE GREEN...MORE GREEN!!!"
    lol

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