<July 7/13.> 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 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?
- 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 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