Good Call

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Kendra taking a moments pause

Here at the ranch we observed Veterans Day with deep gratitude, heartfelt prayer, revisited photos of the valiant service members throughout our families (including Cole, three of my offspring…), tribute posts to Facebook, and lots of labor. At sunset our Friday gathering of friends and visitors left Kendra’s Cowboy Caviar long enough to salute the flag in honor of our veterans.

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Feeling a bit drained I decided to recline with a DVD for the later part of the evening, American Sniper. But minutes into it Kendra and Cole burst through the door, Kendra giddily declaring, “We have a calf!”

Jumping up from the couch, I grabbed my jacket and was on their heels, out the door and westward to the paddock. Cole had already moved Girlfriend, the mare and Nickel, the steer to the south pasture. The cows, C’mere and C’mon furtively chomped alfalfa while eyeing the fence yards away where the newborn calf rested comfortably.

Cole wandered off to points east while Kendra and I ooh and aah-ed over the new arrival. Wrapping our coats more tightly around ourselves, Kendra thought aloud “How funny; weeks of great weather and she waited to birth on a foggy Veteran’s Day.” I replied, “We’ll call him Grunt, maybe?” And then, “Nah. What’cha got?”

After a nano-second pause, Kendra said, “Hero.” “Bam,” I replied. Much fist bumping ensued.

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“The Lord your God will bless you as He has promised.” Deuteronomy 15:6 (NLT)

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9 responses to “Good Call

  1. Very nice story! ☺☺

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  2. Bob and I came upon a new born calf on one of our walks (it was just across the fence), and I mean still with placenta. We stopped, and watched transfixed, as this new life negotiated its new legs. What a wonder!

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  3. I’m an old guy now, not much celebration of veterans back in the ’70s when I took my discharge and ‘dropped out’. Words cannot express the warmth that fills my soul when people today remember vets as they do. Thank you.

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  4. What a heartwarming story! The tone in this post (your joy) is almost palpable. Live strong, sister!

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