I saw an article in our local paper this week about the middle school students getting to visit a triceratops excavation site. The site was only about 10 miles from town and the kids at the country school in my community (10 miles north) and the kids from the school in town (10 miles south) all got to spend an afternoon at the site. What an amazing experience for them—- even more so in that it was happening in their own “backyard.” The paper stated that because there were so few students, “the young people were able to spend much of the afternoon helping plaster some of the fossil.” (Nation’s Center News, Vol 35. No 07, Thursday, October 3, 2013).
This reminded me that I forgot to tell you about some women I got to meet last week. Two business women come from California to hunt fossils at our south place, among other locations. This is the seventh year that they have made this trek. I have never had the honor of meeting them until this year. When asked what draws them here they told me that it was the beauty of the wide open spaces. I have to agree. It is beautiful. This is some of the scenery at the south place. Forgive me for phone pictures. I forgot my camera in the pickup, which is totally unlike me.
There is a lot of beauty is just nothingness. Speaking of beauty– the day I met the classy California women we were preconditioning calves at the south place. Those of you who know me know that I’m NOT classy, and I definitely don’t spend a lot of time fixing my hair on a good day. This was not a good day. I have thick horse hair. It is not conducive to styles of cuteness. Imagine my surprise to learn that one of these businesswomen owns a salon– a beauty salon. Oh my goodness. And there I stood with my “natural look!”
I told her, “I bet you are thinking ‘for gosh sakes woman, fix your hair!’ ” She laughed and denied it. I didn’t buy it. Her next comment was something along the lines of bringing her scissors next year. I’m laughing thinking about it now. If she is a miracle worker she would cut my hair into a style that I NEVER had to fix and just looked good straight out of the morning shower. Unrealistic I know… but I’m good living in a fantasy world for a bit every now and then.
Until next time– JARW