From my second story office window, I can see Lazy Larry’s Ranch. It’s right across the road from me, and on any given day, I’ll see ducks, geese, seagulls, an assortment of dogs and, of course, Lazy Larry’s cows. I’m not sure I can describe how amusing these characters are or why I love them so much, but I do. Even on my worst days, these comical cows entertain and delight me as if I was still a wide-eyed child visiting Brookfield Zoo (Illinois) for the first time.
**Author’s note: I don’t know if Larry is really lazy, or why he’d give himself such a moniker, but this sign is proof that I am not making this up.**
Most of the time these delightful animals are lying around in the sun or mooing in the rain, but every once in awhile, I’ll see them rub up against trees to scratch their burly coats or they’ll gallop from one part of the pasture to the next. I’m not sure if this is unusual, but it seems odd to me. Horses are beautiful, majestic creatures that look like they are dancing on the wind when they gallop. We anticipate this, even expect it. Cows, however, with their expressionless faces and enormous girth, just don’t seem like they should be happily bounding across the grassy pasture. But I’ve seen it. I wouldn’t describe it as beautiful, but it is certainly amusing. It will stop me mid-sentence if I catch a glimpse of them while working. I am practically glued to the window, a smile slowly spreading across my face as these not-so-graceful animals enjoy the sunshine with their playful pals.
Something strange happened at Lazy Larry’s a few weeks ago, and I was quite concerned. I heard an inordinate amount of mooing (which makes me giggle like a school girl every time I hear it), day and night. I wasn’t concerned enough to waltz up to Lazy Larry’s barn and offer my assistance, but enough that I wanted to know what was going on. Could my Hereford friends be mooing because they sensed some imminent danger, an earthquake perhaps, or was there a full moon? I concluded that it must be mating season, because the geese added their incessant honking to the mix, and my delightful dog Jelly Bean started humping the cat despite the fact that they have both been fixed and are of completely different species.
But I digress. After driving by Lazy Larry’s yesterday, I think I know what the trouble was — a new calf was born. Now I prefer the term “baby cow,” but one of my friends pointed out to me that calf is the appropriate term, so I’ll defer to him here. No matter what you call it, this little guy is brand spanking new and just as cute as he can be. If I’d just birthed this creature, I’m sure I’d be mooing too. Because I watch these cows every day, rain or shine, deadline or not, I somehow felt like this was an addition to my family, so I grabbed my camera, darted across the road and hopped a thankfully-empty ditch to record this moment like a proud aunt. I hope you’ll enjoy these photos as much as I enjoy the view from my window every day. No matter what my mood, Lazy Larry’s comical cows always make my day.
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