I’m back from the ‘dark side’ as my husband says & back to some semblance of reality. So I’m back to the blogging group that I’m in. This month the topic is all about animals & how they fit in my life. Mine might be a bit unconventional, might gross you out, make you think I’m the worst parent in the world, but it is what it is.
Animals play a huge part in our day to day life here. My children have 4-H market projects, that means they raise an animal (steer or sheep), feed it, care for it, show it & sell the animal for eventual consumption. Yes it is tough, yes there are tears; but it is real life. People eat meat & it doesn’t come from the grocery store. In the case of the steers, if the male calf isn’t fancy enough to become a bull, then this is his destiny; but this calf did get the BEST care, the highest quality feed, was bathed & brushed & shown to the best of their ability & most importantly, loved. I put a pretty high value on what this animal is here to teach my child: hard work pays off, marketing strategies, profit/loss book keeping, that there are no ‘days off’ for bad weather or holidays when caring for their animal & animals deserve the best care you can give them. These steers put money in the bank for my kids education & the highest quality meat in the freezer for a very important supporter of the 4-H program.
We also have animals for companionship & pure enjoyment. My girls are in 4-H Horse Club, they have riding lessons from a qualified instructor every couple of weeks, they have to feed & care for their animal and also keep the record book tallying all the costs. The horse project animal carries forward year to year & are not sold. My girls LOVE the horses they ride more than their brothers I’m sure. Actually, I think they love the cuddly barn cat, Gandalf more than their brothers.
So that is how important animals are to our life, we live agriculture in our family & even though our operation is small, we are doing what we can to help feed the world & put some kids into that world that we can be proud of.
One of the best parts of life are different view points & opinions – check out what everyone else in the group has to say:
KSkiles Studio: http://kaskiles.com/2014/07/20/animals-and-inspiration/
Catherine Witherell: http://happydayart.typepad.com
Kathleen Krucoff: https://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com
Tosca Teran: http://wp.me/pigO-sC