So…day 9 of a 9-day goat-sit.
What have the goats taught me? Think, think, think.
Okay, here goes:
The obvious ones I already knew from last year. Close all the gates, all the doors, all the time, ‘cos
Goats are mischievous as heck & often want to do & be what/where you don’t want them to do or be (& young males delight in jumping on your back 🙁 )
I may be getting to be an old geezer, but I’m still not too old to learn!
Rules are rules & some of them make sense & are more or less immutable, but then too, there is always room for one’s individual creativity & good sense & you know?
& hey! Common sense can never be underestimated!
Intuition, also. I don’t suggest anyone ever discount her/his intuitions or gut feelings. They can even save lives!!
No two days are ever the same (with goats or without). The weather is different, which goat is the most pesky on any given day varies from minute to minute, even…& of course one’s moods are also ever-changing. Never the same way, never the same day, twice.
Mucking out stalls can be a very Zen-like, meditative experience during which some pretty interesting thoughts & even insights are likely to bubble up out of the deep.
It sure never pays to be smug, does it?? Just when you think you’ve got everything all figured out & “under control” (Hah! The gods laugh…), some crazy, unexpected thing will happen…as it did today when somehow, a fence I didn’t even know existed, actually, was open, & the whole darn herd romped in on me while I was mucking out stalls (doors & gates open, for airing purposes – & these critters are devilishly challenging to roust out of places they want to be & you don’t want them to be. (See above.)
Goats are bullies, too. It isn’t pretty, it isn’t nice, it makes me crazy – & you know what? It is what it is. QED. **
It sure pays to be assertive & stand one’s ground in this life … with goats or anywhere! Goat-wise, Bess may be determined to establish that she is the Big Boss Lady – & I have no big problem acknowledging her as the Alpha Goat Lady of this herd – but one still has to stand one’s ground & remain firm. Steady. In charge of one’s deeply-held intentions & convictions. (In relationships with children, for example, it is always wise to remember who the adult in the situation is. Ahem.)
** re: my use of 'QED.' I don’t think I really understand how to use this properly – but every once in a while, I just feel like throwing it in. Bear with me. I’m just a kid, really. 🙂
p.s. with many thanks to Olga for her phrase “goat therapy.” No question; it has been very, very therapeutic indeed!
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “It’s antithetical to the definition of power in this culture that a person might derive power by service rather than control, but that’s the essence of midwifery.” – Elizabeth Davis, Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, quoted in Rob Brezsny’s Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia