Bottle feeding a calf is just like feeding a human baby, they need milk often throughout the day and their ability to thrive is up to you the caregiver. She is sweet, soft and silky to the touch, with long eyelashes that glisten in the sun. Rubbing her nose she sucks on your fingers like a nipple. She is my first interaction in the morning and the last one every evening. A beautiful way to start and end my day. She is a simple pleasure in life and always puts a smile on my face. Her survival is contingent on my commitment to her everyday needs. That is what raising animals is all about.
In this month's issue of Garden & Gun, www.gardenandgun.com, they interview Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie in Gone with the Wind in celebration of the film's 75th anniversary. The actress will reach her own milestone this summer when she turns 100 years old. In the interview she quotes Gerald O'Hara's words in the film: "Land is the only thing in the world worth working for....because it's the only thing that lasts."
As I move into the new year those words are my mantra. Taking care of our land and nurturing our animals is the main focus. My husband and I are very lucky to have this land, our piece of heaven, worth working hard for. It will be our legacy.
I have learned the hard way that things don't make you happy. It is the experiences and the memories we make that make our life rich. Family is the most important part of my life; it is the only thing that lasts, nurture it. Live each day for the memories you are making. Happiness is all about the journey.