A good storyteller is a person who has a good memory
and hopes other people haven’t.
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
There is one thing that you may never get to do while living in the city or the suburbs……..bottle feed a cute little calf named Lucky Lucy. I do know a young teenager, who since she was a little girl, has held the bottles for many orphaned calves around this farm. Some things never change.
I had a call early one Sunday morning from Akira, she was wondering if she could come out and see the new calf. Rumour had it that we were feeding “a Lucy” in the barn. Of course she reads my blog. I quickly said yes and pointed out Lucy ate at noon, so please don’t be late. I turned to inform My Hero that we did not have to feed Lucy; we were having company from the city. He instantly knew who that company was, and we both wondered who she would be bringing with her. I am pretty sure that those of you that understand teenage girls know they never travel alone, that would be the natural order of things.
My Hero and I, began to reminisce about how little Akira used to stand holding a bottle almost as big as she was, standing on the outside of a page wire fence as to not get knocked down. She was wearing a yellow rain coat and a calf was emptying that bottle as quickly as it could. Akira was a natural; she would be smiling ear to ear and giggling. I was looking forward to seeing visitors come to the farm. We have always enjoyed sharing those different farm moments, with those who do not know how it all works.
My sister Tess pulled up with Akira and the expected friend. Well now, I would have thought that Akira knew that feeding calves was a messy job. I had guessed her new friend having never been to a farm probably did not. I could not help but smirk when I saw what they were wearing. Akira had on nice black tights, a funky skirt and shirt and very cool boots and a hat. Raven, her friend, was wearing tights, a very pretty red and black checkered dress and funky shoes. I was impressed at how stylish these girls looked. I guess I should also mention that they had taken the time to make sure their hair looked just right. They were very fashionably dressed for…. let us say….. a shopping trip to the mall. I knew those lovely outfits would not be pretty, once covered with calf drool. Calf drool, sticky milk replacer, and possibly other liquids, I won’t even mention.
Well, we hauled them down to the basement. Every farmer I know is prepared for moments like these. My Hero has many pairs of coveralls, mine would not do. These girls were very tall and could never have worn my coveralls. I had just pulled those two pair of coveralls from the dryer so these girls were lucky, they had no idea that these coveralls would not smell nor look as pretty after this little adventure. Toques were found and boots were found and then they were transformed from “Funky” to well, let us call it “Farmy”. The bottle was filled and My Hero and those now “Farmy” dressed girls walked down the snow covered lane to get to know Lucky Lucy, the orphaned calf.
As soon as the barn door opened Lucy was bawling for her lunch. My Hero opened the gate to the pen where Lucy sleeps and she bolted out. She high tailed it straight for Raven, the girl who had never fed a calf before and did not have the bottle. Akira I could see was a bit disappointed standing there holding the bottle, but happy for her friend. The look on Raven’s face was priceless. Lucy kept circling her, looking for that bottle. To the delight of Raven, Lucy was on her best behaviour. Lucy eventually figured out Akira had the bottle and drained it pretty quickly. All that dressing up all “Farmy” for a special time and it was over in minutes. Lucy did make sure both girls were covered in calf drool and sweet smelling milk replacer. The coveralls were a good thing to have after all.
After some play time with Lucy, meaning lots of hugging, petting and chasing games, Lucy and the “Farmy” girls parted ways. Lucy for her nap, and the girls went with My Hero to check out the other calves and their Moms. Raven and Akira had a great time I could tell that, by the smiles that did not leave their faces for the whole visit.
I just want Raven and Akira to know that they are welcome here anytime. We truly enjoyed showing them what we do. I also would like them to know that there are three feedings a day going on here at the moment. Lucy and now Louie would like to see a different face than mine every day. The coveralls are clean, we are waiting. Give us a call.
Dear Tess: you did not think I could possibly ever forget you, did you? You, knowing and obviously forgetting that attire means everything here on the farm, oh well. Come on over…… You are all hired. Thanks girls.