Posted 12-16-2003 at 13:12:20
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For some reason I was more tired than usual coming home from work this morning. Not to mention overwhelmed and depressed as I haven't done any shopping yet, and time is running out. I didn't even blast the radio on classic rock like I normally do to celebrate going home, just rode down the darkened highway in silence trying not to think about anything.
I pulled into the yard, got out of the truck and walked over to the pasture fence. Don't know why. Even though it was bitterly cold, I just wasn't ready to go in the house yet. One pig was already up and grazing, and I watched her for a few minutes. I was just about to go in, when I heard a low sigh coming from the shed. Since we have goats ready to kid, that got my attention.
I climbed over the fence and walked around the front so that I could see inside. There was just enough light from the yard lamp spilling in that I could see clearly.
The shed floor was full to overflowing with fresh hay. Daphne and Emily, two of our most beautiful sows were lying spoon style way at the back, with two juvenile barrows tucked in beside them back to back. Baby our nubian nanny, was curled up near the two sows, her belly big and swollen with the babies she should be having any time now, and Henry and Tiny Tim the two pekin ducks were laying at Baby's feet, their necks entwined, each resting his head on the other's back. Three barred rock roosters were clustered together on one of the overhead beams, and last but not least, Girl and Sugar, the pasture dogs, were curled together at the door.
Both the dogs tails went to thumping the floor when they saw me, and I have to say that I am so grateful for a place to come and share this and know that when I tell you all that I was sorely tempted to crawl into a hay filled shed with a bunch of 'animals' to take my rest, that most if not all of you would understand the attraction.
In a world where people, the advantaged, the top of the food chain, seem to strive for disharmony, a bunch of so-called 'dumb' animals of several different species have learned to get along with each other and share a tiny space to benefit from each other's warmth . There was no fighting or back biting, arguing or bickering. No demands or complaints.
Maybe it was the rich earthy smell of the hay and animal hides, maybe it was the serenity of the scene, maybe it was a desire to escape the frantic, wild pace of the pre Christmas season, but it was really all I could do not to climb in beside them and become part of this homemade nativity. After all, I hear it was good enough for Mary and Joseph.
Posted 12-17-2003 at 07:52:00
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45 ! My goodness, I had to put mittens on the read your note! And I thought 22 with a windchill of 17 was cold. Just funin.
We have four large dogs and they will become one big hair pretzel on really cold mornings. Our oldest cat, Mrs. Kitty, will sometimes be allowed in the house (okay it's me, I'm told I spoil her), and she gets in the middle too.
Posted 12-17-2003 at 03:51:25
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I can relate. I think the reason I get kinda low during these holidays is because to so many the real feeling of Christmas is lost. These days its run here and rush there to get this and that. We don't buy gifts for each other anymore. The only one that gets gifts is Shelby, because Christmas is for children. We as adults should sit down and just revel in and be thankful for everything we already do have. Just being together is all you need to have that warm Christmas feeling.
Sometimes the most simple things are the best things. That scene was a gift to you Cindi, from God. You deserved it, and I probably would have hopped right in with all of them, at least for a little while. Your stories are a gift also, so don't ever stop telling them.
Don't worry about shopping. It seems we all are coming up a bit short this year. I have a friend that usually buys lavishly, but this year they are really tight, and she hasnt gone shopping yet. She does have an 8 year old that still expects santa to show up, so I imagine she will come through. My older sister has two teenage daughters that she has not gotten to shop for, can't afford it, but they understand. I am sure yours will understand, too.