We had a few calves to brand last week, so we invited a few friends out to help. Branding is always a fun event; the cowboys enjoy the roping and camaraderie. It’s a slow-paced day, our goal is to keep the cows and calves calm. The calves are vaccinated and branded in short order, then quickly returned to their mama.

It was a cold and windy day so my three year old stayed warm in the front seat of my husband’s pick up. Apparently he had a grand time in there. When my husband climbed in his pick up to come home, the windshield wipers turned on at full speed, the radio was blaring, and there was an avalanche of papers scattered across the front seat. I told him he should be grateful the containment area was only the cab of his pick up; most days the only boundary for our three year old’s small-scale disasters are the walls of our home. Or the garage. Or the fence around our yard. Or…

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