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Upon understanding a cow’s point of view…

Good morning, everyone...

Let's see a show of hands. How many of you have milked a milk cow by hand? Although it probably puts me in the category of being older than dirt, I lost track of the number of dairy cattle I milked by hand. Although we had the most modern electric milking machines available at the time, when the power went out I still had to resort to hand milking many a time.

Funny thing, but you can learn a lot from milking Guernsey cattle. If you cannot tell by the decrease in milk hitting the pail when the cow is milked dry, the cow will always let you know, typically by stamping her hooves, deliberately bumping into you to show her displeasure or, when all else fails, kicking you a smart one in the shins. Being bovine does not always imply stupidity.

As many of you have expressed your thoughts yesterday morning regarding the War in Gaza, there comes a time when, despite all of our efforts to milk this war between Gaza and Israel, the cow is simply milked dry. All anyone is going to do by persisting in attempting to work toward peace with these two nations is make the cow mad. Maybe if we are really persistent, we might get involved in the conflict, maybe even a smart kick in the shins for all our persistence.

Of course, I could be wrong, but on the other hand, this could be an utter disaster.


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