My Favorite Scenes from the Show
Cooperation between a spring heifer and an eight-year-old is a heartwarming thing to see. My favorite part of fair week is watching my son — who’s usually a hot mess of energy, dirt, energy, jovial orneriness and energy, stop. He concentrates so intently on his animal …
… and the judge. It’s proof that he does, indeed, know how to listen, follow instructions and stay attentive. Now, if I could just channel the dairy judge persona during our home schooling sessions, I’d be set!
And this is my middle love … calm and attentive. She loves every single second of fair week — even when she’s exhausted, filthy and dripping with slobber, sweat and stinkier substances. She won showmanship honors in her age group. She’s a natural with animals of all shapes and sizes.
My oldest love. She, too, is a natural. She enjoys the work of caring for animals. She’s dutiful and conscientious. Rarely does she need reminded about anything to do with animal care. She is cool as a cucumber on the outside — mainly because she prepares. She asks questions and memorizes details until she’s sure of every aspect, possibility and outcome. When she knows exactly what to do she goes to work with grit and determination.
I admire them both and I’m terribly proud of all three of my kids — not because of ribbons or awards, but because they thrive in this environment and shoulder the responsibilities with wisdom beyond their ages.
And speaking of ages, my husband says you’re never too old to show a cow. My father-in-law says he’s waiting for me to share the show ring. Let them gang up on me … someone has to document these experiences, so I think I’m safe behind the lens. I’m much more comfortable there.
Here’s another leading lady. My husband loves this sort of thing as much or more than the youngest among us. I love seeing him — and his brother, for that matter — sharing their wisdom and heritage with the next generation.
They did it, they loved it and now they’re passing it on to another round of Kiko kids. It fills me with joy and thanksgiving. And it’s the same for any profession — whether you’re a farmer or tradesman, underwater basket weaver or rocket scientist.
Teaching your work ethic, knowledge, insight and passion to another is powerful stuff. We need more of that in this world!
Because doing a thing well is an accomplishment.
But teaching someone else to do it well — or better — brings more satisfaction than we could ever imagine.