Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There are no Strangers
In the world of purebred cattle. I happened to peek out the window just after breakfast yesterday morning. There was someone in the yard. I went out to inquire and soon discovered a lovely lady from a far away state...very far...who grew up on a dairy farm in this one, and was back home visiting.
She reads this journal of small farm life and thought she might stop in to say hi and give me a copy of a book she has written...which by the way is riveting.
Of course as is often the case, the ubiquitous Murphy had been at work. Bloomingdale had stomped me about an hour earlier and I'm sure I smelled delightful after her handiwork, and the housework was suffering from acute Murphy syndrome too.
Never mind, life is too short to care about that stuff. I invited her in and she was brave enough to enter.
After quick introductions, the boss sat down with us and the amazement began. Her family had a farm back in the days when he was young and out to set the world on fire with his Holsteins. One of the best bulls he ever bought came from a cow born at their place that her family bred. Thanks to the Holstein database I could call up his pedigree, even though I have no idea where his registration papers have gotten to. He was Willow-Terrace Bootmaker Proud if you are interested.
They developed Citation R Maple, one of the great bulls from back in the day, and one of our favorite old ones. Now there's a jaw dropper for you. (I had to check my notebook, but sure enough my Betty heifer, who was in the yard right outside the window, is an R Maple.)
The boss and the nice lady compared notes on the cows and bulls of the decades of their younger days with great delight. Do you remember? And yes they both did. It was beyond fun to listen and marvel at the connected memories of two folks who had never met, but shared memories of the great animals of those days. I love to hear pedigrees to conjure with rolling off the tongues of folks who truly know cattle.
I think we went around smiling all the rest of the day.