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SINGING IN THE GARDEN
suck, so we left momma and calf alone, expecting to find
a mourning mom and a dead calf the next morning.
Instead, we found a calf studying the morning. His
determination to make it through the night gave us a
little hope, so we tube fed him and waited. The next day,
he took a bottle. A lot of it dribbled down
his chest and legs or into his lungs.
Still, every day, he was a little
stronger, and his determined
mother stood watch over
her struggling baby, who
still hadn't managed to
stand and attempt to suck.
On the fourth day, we
splinted his legs and stood him
up. I worked with him for several
weeks, coaxing him toward his momma's full udders. Each extra step was a victory. As I
write this, he is standing on his own, splints removed,
pulling warm milk from beneath his mom. The vet has
operated to pull his clefts together, and so far it seems as
if the stitches will hold.
Gumpy accepted his circumstances and made the best
of them. That's us, right now. By the time you read this
column, I hope we will be out and about, talking across
fences to neighbors, eating meals with family and friends,

and meeting in person to share our abundance of tomatoes and zucchinis.
One of my favorite reasons for putting seeds in the
ground is watching for the miracle of those first green
leaves. It's an exercise in faith. Every year, as I tuck them
in, I think, "There's no way so much life
can come from such a small offering." But it does. Seeds uncurl
and reach for the light. This
time of social isolation has
shown me over and over, as
I watch news reports, that
humans are the same.
And, let's not forget
Gumpy's mom, who could
have walked away from her
calf, as many un-suckled cows do, but
chose instead to stand over him and wait for better times.
A broken calf, a small seed and a patient mom: Each
one points to hope. And so I choose to write about them.
What I've learned as I've farmed and gardened is that no
matter how things look at the present moment, things
get better. I pray by the time you read this that they have,
but if they haven't then they will. The farm and garden
are never wrong.

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