Lil Farmers’ First Project
In the Coles household, when you turn nine, you must pick a farm project. For my little chef, this was not a big deal, soon after she turned nine we had to start limiting her projects so that she would have some down time to just be a kid. However, my son is more introverted, and he has not been excited about his upcoming “project.” The kid loves machinery and building things so we even included the option of participating in the soap box derby and this peaked his interest! We found the nearest race and I think my husband was getting excited about building the car and being part of this racing experience.
Then we had a cow calve and her calf just wasn’t growing like we thought it should. It just didn’t look like she was giving much milk. We brought them over and started supplementing the calf and my little farmer was scared our first trip to the barn. I thought, Oh no, he’s going to be scared of the livestock and may never embrace the cattle. That night he asked a bunch of questions and still had a concerned tone and look to him.
The next day, he asked to go feed the calf and did so like a champ. I was so relieved and proud that he took the initiative to want to go care for the calf. That Sunday at church, he asked to go to the altar and pray for that calf. Okay, I though, couldn’t hurt right? On the way back to our seats, he whispered in my ear, “I do not want to do the soap box derby anymore, momma. I want to take care of that calf and other calves that need help.” Heart melted. I told him he could do both if he wanted. He didn’t have to choose, but he said, “No, I want to take care of those calves.”
I could not wait to get in the car and tell my husband the news. Those words were sweet music for 2 animal science majors! My husband got his start with farming on his own with bottle calves so I know he was proud to hear my little farmer’s words. My husband is super efficient and had a source for calves in just a few days. Meet Wonder Woman.
I cannot be more proud of him. He wakes up at 5:30 am before school to go feed her and rushes to feed her after school. He doesn’t complain and is so proud to show her to everyone that will go to the barn. I love that he is compassionate about taking care of her and learning more about caring for livestock. He is going to start with three so until the next one arrives.