Kids in agriculture often learn life lessons much earlier than most. They experience the loss of calves, lambs, pets, etc., early in life and sometimes often. On the flip side, they are blessed to see the miracle of birth way more often. And, they learn about the birds and the bees earlier than most kids.
Tonight we had been talking about getting the rest of the bulls out of the cows as the breeding season has ended for us, and then hauling the bulls back to their home pasture to recoup and get ready for next year. Later while tucking the Wild Child into bed, after prayers, we were visiting about our day. She started telling me about a day in late June when we moved some pairs from one pasture to a new pasture.
“Mom. There was this bull with a dirty butt… I think he was #4. Anyway, he was riding all the cows.”
“That’s his job, honey. He was breeding them so they can have calves again in the spring. Cows can’t have babies without bulls.”
“Oh yeah. I knew that.” Silence… and then, “So moms can’t have babies unless dads breed them?”
“Ok! Time to go to sleep! Have a good night, Sweets.”
Sometimes it is best to leave the birds and the bees talk strictly focused on animals, especially when dealing with a 5-year-old. Yep— she caught me off guard on that one.
Until next time… JARW