Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the branded truth...

summer temperatures seem to have finally found us here...{for a few days at least}! :0)

warmer temperatures mean one thing...{the branding of calves}

we must wait to work over the calves when there is fair weather for them to recover in...

the less stress the better for our sweet little ones.

the days are filled with hard, hard work by each and everyone involved,

but none harder than the cowboy and/or cowgirl who is given the job of pushing the calves into the chute.

it involves a right of passage for the lack of a better explanation..

you prove yourself in the muck, sweat, and dangerous calf kicking hooves; you move on up to a somewhat less painful job. :0)

it is not only where calves are marked and branded but also the truth of a cowboy...

this year it was my son's turn to show his truth...

picture 300-400 lb. calves having their way with my 75 lb little boy and his cousin..

i can't tell you how proud of them we all where by the end of the day...i also can't tell you how many bruises they ended up with because they are too numerous to count!



my little boy definitely proved himself; he worked his little heart and soul out that day...

but at the end of that hard working day childhood called once more...

and off in the wind his newly branded wings flew..





14 comments:

Petie said...

I love this story! I can so relate to the job of pushing the cattle to the chute. Funny how I never advanced to another less painful job.

traci said...

your words and image put me right there on the ranch with you. you must be so proud of him and i am sure he is proud of himself.

Farmgirl Chaos said...

Those pictures rock. Are they on your wall yet?

And way to go little cowboy! What a great challenge/opportunity for him.

I wonder if a farmer/rancher in the area would mind if I stopped by some random day to help. That would sure surprise them! :)

Daydream Living said...

Hi Kristin!
Wow! that picture of your son is so beautiful! It really spatted right of my screen, great post, thanks for sharing this. Maureen x

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Kristin, Your photos are so spectacular!! They always seem to tell a story all there own.
You have such a gift!!
Congratulations to your little cowboy, I'm sure he was so proud of himself too!
So glad to see you posting again, I've missed you!
Have a lovely day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Bee & Mason said...

I think this might be my favorite post of yours....a beautiful right of passage story. may he and his cousin have many more as they become men.

The Little Red Shop said...

God bless y'all!!! : )

Food, Wine and Creative Musings said...

What a beautiful story and your pictures are breath taking!

Heather @ Post Road said...

Hey Kristin,

Those pictures are priceless! I hope you are having a good day :)

xoHeather

Sea Witch said...

Well done, cowboy. Well done.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Such a beautiful post with fabulous pictures!! Thanks for sharing this special time.
Hugs
SUeAnn

Florence said...

Beautiful post! Life has so many rites of passage. I love how you captured this of your son. Hugs! Florence

Jennifer said...

Great post, and wonderful pictures!

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