Monday, March 23, 2015

The Cow with no “moo”…. and some changes.

Though reason is progressive, instinct is stationary.
Five thousand years have added no improvement
 to the hive of the bee, or the house of the beaver.
                Charles Caleb Colton


Being a mother, has me to this day, remembering both of my girls lying in in a nursery full of little see-through plastic bassinettes. Every bed was holding beautiful babies swathed in precisely folded blankets, in the hospital where they were born. I still remember that I could instantly pick out both of their very distinct cries, among all those other crying babies. “Mother’s instinct” was at work here. I do believe, that my girls could also pick out my distinct voice, from all those other mothers voices in the room.

Calving time, on the farm gives you the opportunity to see “Mothers instinct” at work every day. There are mothers constantly mooing while their calves are being born. I feel this need to tell you, I was not mooing. We will not get into the sounds I was making, but I am pretty sure, and if I am remembering correctly, it was not a very soothing for baby sound at all. Calves will quickly get up on their wobbly legs and instantly head to the end of the cow where the sound of that soothing moo is coming from. Mom will lick (clean) and continue to moo constantly. Bonding would be the word I would use.


Right now, we have seventeen distinct bellowing or shall we call it “yelling for Mom” voices going on here. It is a bit chaotic and I have no idea who belongs to whom, but they all do. The constant bellowing can be very loud just like in the nursery in that hospital long ago. There are some very loud baby voices, demanding voices. You will then hear that soothing/calling mooing by the Mom. The calf with the loud “Maaa maaa maaa” voice will trot off to the right mom, most every time. It is feeding time.


Yesterday morning as usual, I was meandering through the middle of all this chaotic family time, with all that constant bellowing and “yelling for Mom” moments. I watched a Hereford cow seemingly mooing. Her calf was about five feet away. I knew it was her calf, she knew it was her calf. Her moo was so very soft, I could barely hear it. I could tell she was mooing, we could say that I was somewhat lip reading. The little calf was lying on a big pile of bedding, quite comfortable and with his back towards this Mom. His ears suddenly perked up, he turned his head and looked towards his Mom. He then stood up and raced over to her. The mom continued to moo softly, the little guy latched on to eat. I could not believe that in the middle of all those demanding voices of the other calves and their Moms that this little guy could hear that soft moo of his own Mom. I guess this instinct thing does indeed work both ways.

I truly believe, I will never tire of seeing, or experiencing this time of year and witnessing “Mothers Instinct” at work.



(I will be taking a short (?) blogging break. I feel this great need to spend more time with my own Mom.) I will possibly be posting random stories because of my need to share with all of you. If you have not been receiving my Blog Posts through Blogger please consider signing up to receive new Blog Posts by email. (Top of the sidebar).This way you will not miss any stories. Some of you have probably been missing some past posts. Thank you I will miss you, take care of yourselves. Hugs B

Later

48 comments:

  1. I, too, love this time of year on the farm. There's a cuteness overload! I hope your time with your mom is blessed. Take care, Buttons!

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  2. That's a great story! Spend time with your mom while you have it. I have no regrets with the time I took "off" to take care of her. Blessings from Ringle, WI

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  3. You can hear the soft moo from your Mom.

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  4. Miss B,
    Enjoy some time with your Mom. I am finding that no matter what age we are there are times when we just need our Mom. Maybe she needs you too.

    I love the pictures of baby calves soaking up the sun!

    Hugs and blessings to you.

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  5. Great idea to spend time with your mom, Buttons, even though this is a busy time of year for you!

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  6. And your head turned toward your Momma.... Not one of us would want to stand in the way of you being with your Mom, not even for your stories. *hugs*

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    1. What this wise woman just said! Take care and lotsa hugs!!!
      xoxo

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  7. Have a great visit with your mom, wonderful post. I had no idea that this mooing happened between the mother cow and baby. I learned something new today. I signed up for the email of your blog as I don't get the new blog post on my feed.

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  8. very sweet tots you've got there.

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  9. The wonders and miracles of nature are amazing aren't they. I understand your need to take a break and spend time with your mother. Blessings.
    Pam

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  10. Herefords are usually pretty good Moms. It is wonderful how each pair knows each other so well. Hope you have some quality time with your Mom:)

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  11. There's nothing quite like that mooing between mom and babies...it's amazing to me, how God has created those animals to simply know what to do and how to do it! Enjoy the special time with your own Mom, Buttons! You'll never regret it! Hugs!

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  12. Spending time with your Mom is important.......we'll see you when you get back.

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  13. I love that time of year when babies are being born. So sweet seeing it all. I think it is really a good idea to spend time with family.
    Enjoy your break and your time with your Mom.

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  14. I enjoyed your mooing story. It is really amazing isn't it.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  15. I loved this post. Enjoy your time with your mama. We will be here when you get back - and each time you pop in.

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  16. Oh the joys and sounds of farming I miss it ! Nature knows best doesn't it? Lovely photos and post . We have cattle farms around here up top of our valley and in the distance every so often I hear the bellowing of one of them I love it as it echos through out the valley ! Thanks for sharing , Enjoy your time with your mum it is every so important and precious ! Have a good break and week !

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  17. I loved this so much that I shared it on FB I hope that some of my readers get the same pleasure out of reading it as I did.,

    Moooooo Gracie..

    Jen

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  18. Spend that time with your Mom, we will be waiting on your return. Family is more important than blogging.

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  19. I really miss being on a farm during spring. I'll never forget the mooing and the little calves with their mothers. I know you are needing to be with your mother right now and I know she'll be happy to have you with her. Enjoy your time together and your break, B. We'll see you when you return.

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  20. I loved this story - and the photos are so sweet, too. Enjoy your break and your time with your mom!

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  21. I can almost hear you own mom calling to you....and you turning swiftly to her amid all the chaos. As it should be.

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  22. Somebody who really cares about their animals is able to pick up all the characteristics of each little family.

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  23. Buttons,

    Go be with your Mom, give her a big hug from an Oklahoma friend. Take care of yourself and your family, sending hugs to you and yours.

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  24. You are doing what you feel you need to do. Enjoy the time with your mum..take care...Hugs M xx

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  25. enjoy your time with your mom buttons...hugs to you <3

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  26. enjoy your time with your mam..........

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  27. What a bunch of sweeties :)
    enjoy the time with your mom :) Take Care

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  28. What an exciting and sweet time, calving. How cool you get to observe this on a daily basis. Hugs to you and your mom.

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  29. I don't know how the cows keep track of their kids! They probably wonder the same about us! Lol!
    Enjoy your time with your mom.
    Cheri

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  30. do take care....I look forward to your return..well rested I hope and refreshed!

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  31. Enjoy your "mom" time . . . let it be your treasure . . .

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  32. Grace I wish I could see and hear this going on .. it is amazing how it all works so naturally .. those little ones are so lucky to have such good moms !
    Joy : )

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  33. A Heartwarming post my friend.

    Hugs~

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  34. I hear it's your birthday, so I wanted to drop by and send some happy vibes your way! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  35. What a beautiful story about mothering. I enjoyed it so much and all of it is so very true. If I listen carefully I think I can hear the tiny moos from here, What a delightful time of the year for you.
    Have a nice break and enjoy the extra time you will spend with your mum. I wish my daughter could spare time to do that as well but she is so busy at work and she does have others to think about too.
    If it is your birthday then many happy returns to you. Hugs.

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  36. Ahhh B, very much love for this story. I know I could pick my own Mom's voice out from a crowd. Enjoy this time with your own Mom xxxx

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  37. Grace, you're making the right choice...good for you. Like you, I love watching the calves/cows, lambs/ewes and, sometimes, the foals/mares as they jostle for space at the (correct) teat. It's a beautiful sight.

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  38. mooooooo. spend time with your mom. mooooooo. take a break. mooooooo. and if what i see in the comments is correct...happy birthday buttons. moooooooooo!!

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  39. Enjoy time with your mom. I could write a book about that. I am reading Leaving Time by Jodo Picoult...a story about elephant moms and their babies and their grief. Just made me think of that. Take care. Sandra

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  40. Mooving tribute to motherhood. :)

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  41. A lovely post B, and, of course you must act on your instincts as a daughter and spend time with your Mum. Hugs xx :D)

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  42. Sigh, I love learning about your happy cows and Mother's in love . I can just imagine the love that goes on between mother and babe!
    BTW did I tell you I NEVER have cow on my dinner plate...no ...piggies either! I'll miss u while on hiatus! Hugs

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