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SINGING IN THE GARDEN

A Calf, A Cow and Some Seed
Let not your heart be troubled. -John 14:27
Text and art by GINNY NEIL

I

t may come as a surprise to some readers that my
column is written at least three months before it
will be published. That can present a challenge to
a gardening column. While I often write in present
tense, I am usually referencing things I did in last
year's garden.
Here I sit in April, getting ready to pen a column
about July gardening at a time when it's hard to think
much beyond tomorrow.
So, I decided to stray a little from my normal gardening column and, with my editor's permission, write a column about something on my farm that has given me real
hope. It has to do with a calf, born three weeks ago. I call
him Gumpy, named for Forrest Gump, who never gave

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up despite what seemed to be
overwhelming odds.
This little calf was first seen
pushing his feet out into the light
in our front 40. Only, he couldn't seem to get beyond that
stage, so we spent several hours persuading his momma
to come to our cattle pen and let us assist. As we chased
her over the pasture and through the woods, we caught
occasional glimpses of those feet, poking in and out, but
in spite of all that jostling, we still had to put a rope on
them and pull little Gumpy to the light.
As he dropped to the ground, the first thing we noticed was his oddly shaped legs. The second was his double cleft palate. Calves in that condition can't stand or


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