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wickedeasy 70F  
11009 posts
4/8/2019 12:31 pm
absinthe


Walking down the farm path, out at my uncle’s heading back towards the quarry, looking for signs of spring. The cousins rent the land to a group that grows artisanal vegetables for restaurants and like all good farmers they won’t turn the land until they’ve had a good couple of weeks of over 50 degrees which gives the insects hibernating in the dried plant stalks time to wake up and move on. It’s a little chilly in the soft rain but the ground gives under foot, the willows are greening and the rest of the trees have that soft haziness that comes with budding. I feel connected here, to a way of life that I was privileged to be a part of even if only for summers, as a guest though never treated as one.

Once I hit the porch my shoes came off, my hair was tied back. Chores came before free time, well before everything else, truth be told. I never felt so used up at the end of a day.

One year when my parents were struggling with the loss of a , I spent the whole of a summer there and entered a heifer into the 4H fair. My cousin Lee entered Jams. But I was not so much of a girly girl and so my uncle let me join the boys. My heifer was a runty thing and I was told early on that she would not win a prize because her size was off and she had a shorter leg. Still, she was mine for almost three months, named her absinthe not knowing what it meant but knowing that it made my uncle choke.

Now Jim, the oldest, he kept an eye on me at first to make sure I was doing things right but then once he was sure I was, he left me to it.

Eventually Abby and I took to walking the fields together early in the morning together just so she could get more strength. Lee refused to get up before she had to so, it was just us. One day she was really frisky, ran a good ways ahead of me and I had to chase her like a fool. With all the time we had, I taught her how to bow down like a little princess, shake her head no when I asked her if she was a runt.

Came time for the fair, all the heifers had been washed up and looked so nice. Lee won first prize for her jam and was riding high. We were only 7 so that was really something for a . Auntie was just so proud of her, my uncle was carrying her like a queen on his shoulders with her blue ribbon flapping away in the breeze. What a sight. I held on to her foot and she kept rubbing my head to give me good luck.

So then…..all the heifers in a row. Absinthe was the smallest and we were right next to a big old bugger who made her look like a damn elf. The judges did their thing. And when they came to us….one of them said, looks like a runt.

I said to Abby, are you a runt…she shook her head no. the judge laughed out loud.

Now take a bow. And she did….so dainty and perfect.

Everyone clapped and yelled. The Judges smiled and kept on moving.

No, she didn’t win.

She was too small and her legs were uneven. But she had her moment in the sun. And my uncle….well he gave her his homemade ribbon for best performance. Then we all got hot dogs.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


wickedeasy 70F  
32406 posts
4/8/2019 12:32 pm

this is the type of cow abby was although she was smaller

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You cannot conceive the many without the one.


_IKanCu2_ 101M
2702 posts
4/8/2019 12:51 pm

Red Face Angus.
Animal*z are NOT dumb as ssssooo dumb people think.
We didn't own a farm, but ][ worked on quite afew growing up.
][ miss that country LiFe, it was a Great Serenity ~




wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:40 pm:
being with the land like my uncle was felt like such a gift to him. I always felt like I was being "tuned up" when I was with him. smiles.

maybejustrex4 53M

4/8/2019 12:51 pm

Thank you. What a wonderful and unexpected smile you put on my face!


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:41 pm:
it was my pleasure - I loved my uncle on a gut level.

bitchkitty2017 67F  
5293 posts
4/8/2019 12:59 pm

Angus are the bomb .I raised a lot of Angus , black as well as red ..The cows are able to have calves born backward and forward and are great mothers make rich milk for their calves also have the highest yield of beef pound for pound more so than a lot of beef breeds


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:42 pm:
grins. I love that you know this.

TicklePlease 52F  
12833 posts
4/8/2019 1:59 pm

Oh.... I'm reminded of the few weeks one summer I tried to nurse an abandoned dairy calf back to health on a friends farm in Georgia. Sadly she didn't make it but if she had, I'm sure she would have been a tiny thing like yours.

What a great memory, thank you for sharing it!


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:43 pm:
my summers were golden times

HeartCollector 63F

4/8/2019 2:25 pm

I remember the calves on my mom's uncle's farms, they were always so cute. And the baby pigs...

The gladdest hours we know are those shared with a friend or two. Wilbur D. Nesbit


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:43 pm:
baby pigs...…...ooh I would've liked that.

smartasswoman 62F  
33368 posts
4/8/2019 3:52 pm

I love this 💕

Lots of farm kids where I grew up, even though I was a townie.


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:44 pm:
farm kids were lucky I think......

Paulxx001 63M
16369 posts
4/8/2019 3:59 pm

Abbey sounds cute! 😘
Nice story... 👌


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:44 pm:
I thought so

pocogato12 68F  
34151 posts
4/8/2019 4:08 pm

Summer memories are just so very special!! Mine was a pet robin that was abandoned . It had a broken wing . Thank you for sharing this with pictures in words

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wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:46 pm:
I was so lucky to have farmers as uncles. and when my cousins would come to my house they though it was so cool to be part of the city although we were suburban....but they dug riding a subway, museums, all that stuff

SeaGirlFL 56F
9219 posts
4/8/2019 7:02 pm

What a fun summer.

"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax." – Mark Black


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:46 pm:
I was blessed for sure

azriel1970 50M

4/8/2019 7:54 pm

Ahhh the days of growing up and 4H. What a cutie Pie. Everyone deserves their day in the sun.


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:47 pm:
I know, right? I had such a great time that year

author51 57F  
99827 posts
4/9/2019 12:21 am

What a beautiful story and memory to fall back on my friend....

One can never have enough JOY in their life...


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:48 pm:
my mama was one of 7......three were dairy farmers...……. I lucked out

Tmptrzz 57F
84748 posts
4/10/2019 10:46 am

What a great story, those are some fond memories you have there, thanks for sharing with all of us..

Just your average every day run of the mill nana here!!!


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:49 pm:
my mom's family was large and we had so many cousins...it was a wonderful group

christylovesfun 47F  
16853 posts
4/12/2019 1:16 pm

I treasured having farm time as a kid, an experience so many don't get thesee days.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies. For vilest things
Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish. ~~ from Antony & Cleopatra


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:50 pm:
you're right. what a shame. it's freedom with a lot of work but such freedom. so much space, such a connection to nature.

backpocket13 46M
8742 posts
4/13/2019 2:09 pm

Hey Darlin,
.......That’s a Sweet story,.......Thanks,.......
Sinfully Yours, backpocket13


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:50 pm:
thanks. glad you enjoyed it

Koffla 64M
55792 posts
4/13/2019 7:04 pm


Nice story. I had no idea what a heifer was, had to look that up.


wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:53 pm:
Hey Dude - so glad to see you back here - now post something!!!!!

wannacoppafeel 44F
1288 posts
4/16/2019 7:40 pm

Fun story! And what a great memory to carry with you! 😀

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wickedeasy replies on 4/29/2019 4:54 pm:
we were so lucky to have such a large extended family -thanks for reading

_IKanCu2_ 101M
2702 posts
12/16/2019 3:35 pm

We didn't have a Farm, tho we lived among them.
][ worked on all of them.
Dairy, Produce and Crop
The work was hard, long, and sometime*z dirty,,,but it was Pure.





tY****


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