Fences and Cattle

While I was out running this morning I noticed a calf getting out of the field where it was supposed to be. It was stuck about 60% of the way through the fence. I stopped and wondered if I should help it. In my mind I thought, “it must weigh 300 pounds and if I approach it will be scared and unpredictable.” I started to leave, but I just couldn’t. I thought of waiting until someone came along, but then the calf freed itself. I started towards it and it hopped right back through a larger opening in the fence. Problem solved.

Later I realized, as I looked at other cattle on my run, that it was probably only 200 pounds. Still, it was an interesting dilemma – to help, or to abandon the calf to its fate.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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