The big blue truck takes me along the stretch of road that had so much influence on my life. I remember when the road was about 2/3 The width it is today. Because most of roads in my life at the time were either gravel roads or jeep trails we called this section of road “The Hard Top”. It runs past the front field that now belongs to my uncle. I can’t really remember a time when it wasn’t full of cattle or standing hay. Even with the old one room schoolhouse that we used for a barn I relive my childhood every time I pass through. But today was special. Today as I slowly drifted by a band new calf came sprinting up to investigate the truck. The baby is only a few hours old and already able to run and play. She’s in love with life!
The calf is still wet and testing out her legs. She runs a few zig-zag patterns and figure eights through the pasture and slows to a trot before walking back to the truck.
The new calf will feed on mother’s milk for about 2 months but already she seems to be investigating the taste of the fresh grass in the field of her birth. The world is full of new scents and sounds for her. She licks the grass a little and then in a sudden burst of energy she starts running her figure eights through the pasture again.
I got the distinct impression that she was thinking “Look how fast I can run!” Her Jack Rabbit take off throws small bits of grass into the air as she kicks up her heels.
The rest of herd looks on. The looks on their faces say “There she goes again!” As she zooms through the middle of the herd.
There she goes again!
She makes a dash for the other newborn and cuts away at the last second as her mother steps forward trying to get control of her runaway child.
Finally, the new calf circles around and presents herself to me once more.
Image Titled “New Life 41820e”.
By now her mother is looking frustrated and I decided it was time to remove the big blue truck a little farther down the road. As I pulled away I could see the calf return to her mother’s side in the rear view mirror.
I was energized by the calf’s antics and there’s something very satisfying about seeing new life finding a new would to explore and play in.
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