Graduation Day

May 23, 2008 at 8:53 am 1 comment

Today is the last day of school.  I plan to go to the school before it lets out (before graduation this year), and put all the kids stuff from their locker and desks in one laundry basket.  They simply can’t carry it all and sort it out. 

I have Boy Wonder’s pants hemmed, shirt pressed.  I’ve also written in his life journal I keep for each of the kids.  I only write about 1-2 times a year in them, but it’s a great marker of their important times, and little conversations we have, even as I’m writing.  On conversation last night went like this as I cracked it open to jot a very quick note. 

“Mom, should I wash my hair tonight so we aren’t so rushed in the morning getting it fixed?” 

“Sure son.  Go ahead and I’ll be there in a minute.”

“That field trip to the dairy farm sure was fun today, wasn’t it?”

“MmmmHmmm” still trying to write as he talks to me.


On the dairy trip, some FYI for you:  the milking cows wore computerized chips on a collar.  When they stick their heads into the feed shoots, depending on how much milk they are producing and whether or not they are carrying a calf, the computer knows how much food to dispense to make farm operations run more efficiently.

Their best producing cow made 10 gallons of milk a day.  That’s over one hundred pounds of milk, a day.


The cow we saw makes about seven gallons, and eats five 5 gallon buckets of feed a day.  Twenty five gallons of feed. She drinks a bathroom tub full of water every day.  They are milked twice a day, five AM and five PM.




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  • 1. Misty  |  May 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Today, the way Zachary is eating, I feel like that cow 🙂

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