via Daily Prompt: Tentative


We had cattle on our farm some decades back, Herefords, quiet stock mostly. But moving vehicles make even the calmest cow skittish. This cow has not long given birth to this calf and is dutifully standing by. We tentatively crawled the car past so as not to disturb them or frighten the mother away. You can see from our tyre tracks on the road that we skirted them, and very slowly. I often wonder if the farmer managed to get them into the paddock that afternoon, and why she was on the road in the first place, certainly not the best place to give birth, but she seemd content. And so we moved on, wondering, trying to solve a puzzle we couldn’t answer. Life’s like that, we agonise and overthink everything, maybe the cow is more content.



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