Sunday, July 23, 2017
The End Of An Era
I know I've said this before but I think it is important. John got his first cow when he was 16 years old and now he will be 83 in September. He has had large amounts of cattle along with farming peanuts and at one time vegetables. When I came out here he owned one ranch and leased four or five. He could handle it but no more. There comes a time and that time has come. His son has been trying to keep up with the one place and a few cow. Last week-end the Sheriff's department called that there was a cow out on the road. John wasn't able to go so he called his son. Lucky his son was home because he has a fulltime job along with cattle of his own. By the time he got there the cow had crawled back in. The fences are bad and this Texas heat is something else to fix fence in so John gave up a few months earlier then planned. He had been giving cows to his kids and the last remaining one was given to the young guy who lives on the ranch and has helped John at different times when he was in a bind. A few hay rings and other equipment will be moved in the next couple of weeks. I told John and his son today I want to go out one more time to say goodbye to the Roadrunners, Rabbits, and Turtles. It's been a trip we won't forget. I think John breathed a sign of relief to know all the responsibility has been removed with no danger of cattle on the road and no one to make sure they are in and the fence repaired. It's so dry already and the cows will need feed with no green grass. We' ve already started staying in under the AC most of the day, taking plenty of naps and we'll go for rides after the sun goes down when we want.