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A boy and his cow

In the cow barn at the Goshen fair we stumbled upon this boy who was sound asleep cuddled up to his cow. The image brings to mind many thoughts:


1. this boy raised this cow and they are fast friends. The cow is totally stressed in a barn with dozens of cows she's never seen before and the boy is reassuring her.


2. the cow has to be milked on a regular schedule. Most of the folks who had animals in this fair also had cots inside the stalls so they could care for their animals around the clock. This boy decided a cot was not the kind of bed he wanted. Can't blame him, that cow ear looks pretty nice.


3. All of the kids who raised these animals have an experience that many in the world do not (call it 4H) and it's important and good. This is not to say these kids are all farm geeks (or that there's anything wrong with being a farm geek); many of the teenage girls shearing sheep had bellybutton studs which might not seem like it goes with the territory.


I guess I got a nice hit of all that is good and wholesome about rural living at the fair and this boy and his cow seemed to be a good, clean representation of that feeling.

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Taken on September 3, 2005