Monday, March 1, 2010
If Mama Ain't Happy
I know she ain't happy (Shelly Marie). John sold her big bull calf today. I'm sure she is bawling her head off along with other Mamas. Don't get attached is the motto of the ranching world, but it sure is hard not to. I didn't think they would work cattle today as it rained last night. The cowboy with his horse was right there at eight o'clock sharp. John and his daughter there with the needles and shots supply. Everything went smooth and John was home before noon. Cowboy borrowed a four wheel drive truck so he could back up to the sloppy pens and load the large calves to be sold at auction. We tracked cowboy down a few days ago to make the appointment with him. He wasn't at his usual coffee drinking place where he goes every afternoon before he goes home. The other coffee sippers said he was at home cutting a tree down that had fallen on his fence so off we went in search of cowboy. Now we know why he chose to drink his coffee and chew the fat where he does. He lives only a few blocks from there and it is on the edge of the next town over. Near town and everything but yet like country living. Lots of space and fresh air. Sure enough we find him slowly sawing a limb with a hand saw. No modern conviences for this man. No cell phone with his horse. You gotta catch him after he goes home and before he goes to bed and he goes to bed with the chickens. He is dependable and knows his cattle so that job is done until next time.