Last Thursday a miraculous thing happened on the farm: a baby cow was born and I had the glorious opportunity to watch it happen first hand. It all started at dinner when one of the farmers, Hillary, stood up to make the announcement that the farm’s pregnant cow, Halo, was finally in labor. Everyone had been anticipating this announcement;thus far it had been a waiting game in the semester to see who would give birth first, Halo the cow or Esther the French teacher. Both past their due dates and everyone was excited to finally have some newborn life on campus, people had even taken bets on who would give birth first. Personally, I thought the cow was going to be first, and my prediction came true!
What actually occurred right in front of my face is still un-comprehended by my brain because it was just so amazing. Although I knew the baby was going to be born at some point, I never thought I would actually be around to experience it and thus after Hillary’s announcement I quickly finished my dinner and made my way down to the farm with a few others. It was a cold and none of us could see anything but we walked filled with anticipation down to the farm. We were the first students to arrive, just in time for us to see the first hoof being pushed out. Many other students quickly arrived and huddled in silence as to not disturb the amazing process. Halo was in pain, obvious through her pacing and irritated moos. She continually moved, turned, got up and lay down, just trying to get comfortable and push the hardest part, the head, out. We all watched, gathered around her pen in all directions, people leaning on one another, standing on their tippy-toes craning for a view, waiting for her to finally give birth. You could feel the energy in the air, the desire by everyone to have the baby come out. And finally it happened; Halo lay down and gave one final strong push and there laid a newborn baby cow. Unlike human newborns that look like slimy potatoes (or so I’m told), baby cows look pretty normal and quite cute.
Some say that birth is not very pretty, and if you look at certain aspects it definitely is not. Its true that it’s not exactly pretty but just the fact that a new living creature was created is amazing and to see it first hand was truly an experience I’ll never forget. The emotion expressed by Halo as soon as the baby came out was truly incredible and seemed to reflect the energy of everyone in the room. She as soon as the baby came out she turned around and displayed her motherly instinct, licking and caring for her baby right away. Everyone had been rooting for Halo this entire process and seeing both her and the baby be safe was wonderful. I am personally really excited to watch and help raise this new cow because raising something is a miraculous experience in and of itself.
Written by Elly Thomas, George School, Semester 54