|Oh, the things you learn from the top rail...|
The time of new growth.
And baby animals.
Farm kids are exposed to the mating habits of animals early in life.
They just don’t always understand what they are seeing . . .
I was sitting on the top rail of the corral fence with my Dad.
Some cows, and a few bulls, just brought in from the nether pastures, were milling about below us.
Suddenly, one bull reared up.
Right onto the rear quarters of a cow.
I stared at them.
The bull slid down.
And another took his place.
After three or four re-enactments of the same scenario, I turned to my dad.
“Daddy.” Indicating the bull. “What is that cow doing?”
|Where did you think they came from?|
Dad got a bit red-faced.
This was the fifties. Sex hadn’t been invented yet.
“Erm. Well . . . he’s resting his feet.”
“Oh.” Yeah. I was fairly easy to fob off in those days.
Today’s kids are also educated.
At least as well.
Case in point . . .
My friend raised rabbits.
Beautiful, lop-eared, gentle, soft, furry rabbits.
And by raised, I mean hutches in the back yard, carefully and successfully monitored.
With the help – or at least close scrutiny - of her children.
Babies (kittens or kits) came with amazing regularity.
These are rabbits we’re talking about, after all.
One day, a school friend asked the daughter where the baby rabbits come from.
“From the mommy,” she said, knowledgeably.
“Oh,” said the friend. “How does that happen?”
“Well,” the daughter said, “The daddy rabbit gets on the mommy rabbit and shakes her!”
We've come so far.
|What can I say but CUTE!|