Time for FridayFictioneers from Madison Woods. Come join the fun!
Well, this is really a challenge! Why did I send this pic to Madison? Since I am in a ‘nothing in my brain’ phase, I will just tell you a little about how and why there is a cow skull in our tree.
We live on a small farm in the middle of nowhere and we also used to run a few mother cows. We started with just 4 or 5 head that we bought at the local livestock auction. They were older cows but all we could afford at the time and we were excited to start building a heard. This cow, now residing in the tree is one of those cows. She died of old age and produced several calves for us during her last years. We get attached to all our animals and when ‘Big Momma’ died we felt that she deserved to be remembered so after enough time passed we brought her skull to the house and hung it on the tree as a reminder of her contribution to our living. Our dogs, however would not leave her alone and would manage to get her off the tree and ‘play’ with her, so one day hubby being short on time picked her up and put her in a big hole in the tree, intending to come up with a better place later. Later, didn’t come soon enough and the hole in the tree began healing over ‘Big Momma’, she is stuck and cannot be removed now. Her misplaced horn is there because the dogs had gotten it off and hubby just stuck it up there like that because he was in a hurry. Wish we had noticed sooner that the tree was healing so we could have put the horn back in its proper place. However, she still serves as a reminder of a dream she helped us fulfill. That dream ended with the drought of last summer when we were forced to sell our herd due to the shortage of grass and hay. It was a hard thing to do but we had many good years and good times tending them and watching the new calf crop being born every year. For many years our first calf of the season would come on Christmas Eve, which was always a special blessing. ‘Big Momma’ will forever remind us of those times!