Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Parenthood and cows running amuck...

When I was growing up, I remember hearing the phrase, "This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you..." This was usually followed by a swift smack to the rear-end. I used to think there was NO WAY it hurt my parents more. Now, don't get me wrong, my brother and I weren't beat or anything like that, but we did have our share of swats... Having spanked my kids only a couple times (so far) in their lives, I know what my parents meant... Now, it has been quite a while since either of the kids got a whippin', but there are other aspects of parenthood that no one ever prepares you for... Bedtime is a biggie.... You have to sit there and tell your children that it is bedtime, all the while, they may be bawling because they just want to stay up with you. But, as a parent, you have to put on the 'stern face' or the 'sympathetic, but unflinching' face. Watching your four-year old spill huge crocodile tears is tougher than than any spanking....


I read an online news article about a cow that had escaped from its pasture, trotted five miles to town, and led police on a chase that was caught on the in-dash camera. Now, if I were still living in Western PA or Colorado, this might seem very strange... As it is, I could see that happening with one of the cows from our pasture....

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