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The Widow's Goat GuardPosted Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 6:53 PM
This little Tillman goat is wearing his sporty new headdress, which is designed to keep him out of the fence during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Using the ever-versatile duct tape and a wooden paint stir stick, I fashioned a headdress atop the little goat's horns. This structure will hopefully prevent him from putting his head through the fence and then being unable to get it out.
His mother, Tinker Bell, a delicate little white goat with a heart-shaped face, nibbled at my shirt and my hair while I held her young one captive and operated on his head.
Once the headdress was in place, the three of us walked back up the hill to the goat houses. The adult goats pointedly ignored Hot Shot in his new finery, but the younger goats knew immediately that something was different about their young cousin - and they came close to see what it was. I could almost hear them saying, "Wow, dude! Cool hat!"
Now Hot Shot is all ready for his trip to a friend's house for a Thanksgiving visit with children from up north in the big city. My little red goat will spend a few hours entertaining the City Slickers, who have been tormenting their southern cousins and calling them "hicks." I think the "hicks" are planning a big Southeast Missouri surprise for their uppity Yankee relatives. I believe the plan is to give Hot Shot the run of the house for a period of time, as if he's just one of the dogs...
Okay by me, unless they make fun of him and cause him to have an inferiority complex - and I simply will not tolerate that kind of behavior!
Ah, Thanksgiving traditions! A fire in the fireplace, the smell of pumpkin pie in the air, a roll of duct tape on the table, and a goat on the hearth! What more could you ask for?
From the down home hills of Tillman, this is your friendly goat herder, wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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