From Pipi’s Pasture: Lots to laugh about |

From Pipi’s Pasture: Lots to laugh about

Diane Prather
Pipi's Pasture

One morning this week, as I was doing chores, I got a chuckle from the interaction between Ucky’s calf and a big gray cat. (Ucky, remember, is my old cow.)

The cat crawled between two corral poles and innocently started across the corral as he has done many times before. The calf had just gotten up for the day, had nursed, and was full of energy.

The calf spotted the cat. The cat didn’t notice. The calf walked up behind the cat and put his nose down as if he was going to butt the cat. The cat noticed, jumped, and then took off on a run. The calf followed, jumping up and down.

The cat reached the fence and crawled out between the poles. When he knew he was safe, the cat looked back at the calf with an expression that said, “Now what was that all about?”

It was funny. I laughed. Then I spent some time thinking about other things that make me laugh, and I came up with the following list.

It makes me laugh when…

• I watch funny commercials on television, starring dogs, cats, cows and other animals. (I can

start to giggle even thinking about some of the commercials.)

• my husband removes a piece of cooked meat from his fondue fork, but instead of landing on

his plate, it ends up in the bowl of corn.

• a newborn calf is so little (or perhaps her mother is so tall) that she walks under Mama when

she’s learning to nurse.

• my hair stylist wants to know if I have been feeding cows over the fence again.

• (even worse), people pick hay out of my hair.

• I call someone, think about something else while I’m waiting for an answer, and then forget

who I called.

• I’m standing up in front of a class, and I discover my shirt tag is in the front.

• I watch the neighbor’s baby pigs as they run all over the place and jump over one another.

• I think back to three years ago when my twin heifers untied our shoes, chewed on our clothes,

“undid” the gate chains, and got their heads stuck in places that you wouldn’t think calves

could even stick their heads.

• the wind blows an abandoned bird nest out of one of our poplar trees, onto the lawn, and a

bird sits in it.

• there’s a spider web across my flower pots that is filled with hundreds of little yellow spiders;

I brush it off, and 15 minutes later it’s back, filled with yellow spiders.

• a mama skunk walks across Pipi’s Pasture, followed by three baby skunks, all in a line,

reminding me of a mama duck and her ducklings.

What makes you laugh?

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