Some friends of ours own an award-winning organic dairy, and one day when I mentioned that we had passed their farm on the way home from the beach they enthusiastically invited us to stop by. They offered to take us around and show us their beautiful herd of Jersey cows. I was amazed. We can do that?
Richard told me that Jersey cows are sweet-tempered and somewhat playful. I believed him as I looked into their faces. Their faces reminded me of deer--so graceful and full of peace. Richard and I discussed what he loves about his work. He got a loving look on his face as he told me that what he loved best was breeding and birth, participating in the miracle of life. I know what he means. Life is fascinating. Caring for living things is hard work and brings large rewards some of them not knowable or measurable.
We were encouraged to enter the dairy-house and watch the animals being milked. I was again amazed. We can do that?
Little Muffin's experience was a profound one. She Saw the milk flowing through the pumps. I explained a little of the process of how it gets in the bottle we buy at the store. She was hooked.
I had a profound experience as well. I watched those big brown eyes as the cows were hooked up to their pumps. I looked over one experienced dame and felt a connection with her, breastfeeder to breastfeeder. She had a look that was one part relief and one part "Here we go again." I wished I could pat her as I quietly said, "I know how you feel." Of course I really don't fathom the life of a milk cow, but that one little piece of motherly experience...I feel do understand.
That evening as I fed Little Muffin her bedtime snack I showed her the milk in the bottle, and she said, "Cows!"
I feel so blessed.
What have you been able to do to help your children connect with the origins of things? What will you do differently this next year?