Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ralphie on the horizon.

Each morning we look out the window to the pasture -- to our little family of goats:  Little Moo, Taffy, Charlie and Ralphie.  This morning they were playing -- stepping back, raising their front feet, butting heads.  Once they see us, they will call to us -- each in their own little alto maaaaa -- asking for hay, fresh water & a stroke or two.
However, on one recent morning since the corn was harvested, Dave looked out to see Ralphie...
not in his pasture, but eating corn........in the field, outside the fence.  Seems our boy had raised up his little goat feet on the fence to see if the grass might indeed be greener on the other side and fell head over hoof into the field beyond.  And, Ralphie, being Ralphie (yes, Cheryl -- he is one of a kind)....stayed just outside the fence and munched.  The other goats, including maternal Taffy, called to him.  And, when Dave got out to the pasture, Ralphie was trying to figure out how to reverse his way back into the pasture.  Dave helped to lift him over the fence line (no easy do -- Ralphie is a big little goat)...and then repaired the fence wound.  And Ralphie was back with his family -- not even interested in sharing this keen adventure, or trying to get back out to the acres of corn....just happy to be back home.

So, now each morning we peak out the window at dawn to see if this:
has been added to this...
to equal one little black & white goat running across the horizon...
running home, kicking up his little goat feet, munching here & there...
but traveling back to his family
&
where he indeed knows the grass is the greenest.

Happy Thanksgiving....
May each of your homecomings be grand!
  Kari, Dave & Ralphie...

2 comments:

Diane said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Cheryl said...

Good heavens Ralphie! Are you trying to give everyone heart problems??? I LOVE that he didn't venture off, and in fact tried to get himself back in. The story is hilarious now that I know it has a happy ending. Life gives us all challenges, but lifting a goat over a fence would be one that I hope I never have to attempt!

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