I was driving on a back road in Hadley when I spied a cow that made me laugh. You would have laughed, too.
He was part of a gang of cows. His buddies were pretty nondescript. Munching contentedly on yellowing grass, they gazed impassively at the passing cars. Standard cow behavior. But the cow in question stood out from the rest of the herd. He was grazing right at the edge of the field, very close to the road. His forelegs were bent while his rump was raised high in the air. He was craning his neck through the opening of the wire perimeter fence trying to reach a patch of grass just beyond his reach.
He looked so ridiculous that I actually laughed out loud. There were literally acres of pasture land behind him where he could have munched to his heart’s content, but that one little clump of grass just outside the boundary of the fence was apparently irresistible. Not only did he look silly, he also looked quite uncomfortable in his undignified posture. I was wondering if he would need the cow equivalent of physical therapy when he went back to the barn that night.
That cow just didn’t have the smarts to recognize that he had all he needed right on his side of the fence. Thankfully, the farmer had the foresight to install the fence so that his cows would be kept safe. If he hadn’t, I am pretty sure there would be one less cow in Hadley tonight.
So, I’m wondering. Are you smarter than a Hadley cow?
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Paul the Apostle, circa 60 AD