The joy of life is to put out one’s power in some natural
and useful or harmless way.
There is no other.
And the real misery is not to do this.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is Friday April 4th and I am looking out the window at, the still in some places two foot snowbanks lining the laneway but also patches of real brown grass in the hay and pasture fields. There are six Deer picking at the shoots of possibly green, but I doubt it, grass. I am pretty sure this is going to be the day I will pull out those snowshoes that have had one incredible run this long winter from behind the tractor seat and place them on a shelf in the basement till next winter, finally. Oh Spring is here and I am excited.
Every morning at first light I head out to visit the girls and watch as those very cute little calves belly up to the udders and smile while eating a nutritious breakfast but always keeping at least one eye on this Farmgirl in the Pink Cadillac Boots as she sits on the ground watching. How amazing is that? Oh I love this time of year. The possibilities of life seem endless, like there is nothing that can stop me.
The free time around here is dwindling much like the snowbanks but I make sure I take the time to notice the signs of Spring that surround, this is the part of farming that honestly keeps me going when those life stresses that sometimes seem to be insurmountable enter my world. Anyone that farms knows what I am talking about here. There are a lot of things in farming, honestly in life in general that can tip our world but there is so much beauty and joy that we must take time to notice and celebrate. Knowing that life is like a puzzle and you will work thorough it.
That seems to be the secret of those “Amazingly happy people” I have met along the way. You know the kind of people I am talking about, those ones with the huge smiles and the laugh you see everywhere. Those people that by just bumping into them on the street and they smile and without even saying one word you feel instantly better; you could never know they may be going through terrible things also. Always smiling and helping others get through their terrible things with their positive attitudes and smiles, they know the secret to get through the tough stuff. They will always keep an eye out for the good stuff, remembering that it is there and that it may be well hidden but keep looking you will always find some.
Yesterday I watched as a line of Wild Turkeys (my lost Taunting Turkeys) walked across the field across the road, I have not seen them all winter and thought they were gone, apparently I worried for nothing, they were probably living in the soybean and corn fields all winter, eating and thriving this winter that seemed like it would never end, but it did. They were fat, healthy and happy. Why had I worried I am pretty sure they never worried about that Farmgirl with those pink boots that had watched for them every day all year. They were doing their thing and I should have trusted that it would all work out.
Last week while picking up bales of hay in the field to take to the cows I watched a Coyote, the one that I have watched walk among the cows every morning eating rodents and rabbits, he was lying on the bales of hay without a worry in the world. I know I know they have been known to eat calves and make life miserable for farmers and cows (we have had those bad coyotes here and had to deal with them) but he has been living amongst my cows and now calves all year and my cows are not worried about him so why should I. If my cows were obviously agitated and aggressive towards me I know there would be a problem, and there is not. He or possibly she finally hopped off the bale of hay and walked into the bush. Unless he/she gives me a reason not to trust, I will trust. I know there are a lot of different opinions on this subject but I am going to farm my way and honestly am not going to worry about what others think. I watched two weeks ago as this same Coyote fought off a Coywolf in a territorial ritual. This Coyote is still here and has been here all winter and there is no sign of these Coywolves. (He won they moved on). I know you are wondering how I know they were not Coyotes, well they were twice as big and there was three of them. I will not worry till I have too.
The first Turkey Vulture of the year circled over my head as I walked through the bush and across the ice that shattered like pieces of glass, the sound echoing through the trees, a sure sign of Spring. Oh yes this is going to be the year I am going to try not to worry about things completely out of my control and focus more on the beauty that surrounds and believe that everything will work out the way it was meant to. Everything in Nature knows this and I have to trust that this is true.
Happy Spring everyone, let us all enjoy life for what it is. Be happy. I am choosing to be that “Amazingly happy Person” you meet on the street, I think we all need to try that. Smile at everyone you meet you truly never know what has tipped their world and need this little gesture.
Life IS Udderly Amazing!