What Was Your WORST Mother's Day Ever?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Baymule, May 8, 2011.

  1. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine was 14 years ago. I remember it like it was today. We were gathered at my Mom's for dinner when the phone rang. It was a friend who owned the property where we kept our 9 year old daughter's 3 cows. Her heifer was having problems calving and we needed to get out there fast. We left immediately. When we got there, the calf was dead, hanging halfway out of the heifer. I was worried about the heifer and the effect of losing such a fine calf on my young daughter. The vet got there right after we did. The vet and my DH got right to work. We tried to pull the calf with a come along, but the calf wouldn't come along. Next we tried pulling the calf with the tractor, but all that did was drag the heifer. That calf was STUCK! Finally the vet pulled a diamond wire saw. In an effort to save the heifer, he sawed the calf up and pulled it out in chunks. It was pretty gruesome. My daughter and 13 year old son watched intently. I was divorced from their father (because his girlfriends were ugly) and had recently remarried a wonderful man. He had no idea what he was getting himself into when he married me! Back to the heifer.......the vet worked for over an hour, sawing that calf up. He only charged $97.00 I sure wouldn't done what he did for $97 lousy bucks! He explained how the heifer might not live due to stress and shock.

    My 9 year old DH had her own checking account. Child support is for the children, so make 'em pay their own bills and teach responsibility, right? My little girl wrote out the check, printing carefully and paid the vet. Then I tried to gently explain to my child that her heifer would die. It went something like this, "Honey your heifer is not going to make a good mamma. If she pulls through this, we need to take her to the sale, cause we can't keep doing this. Your heifer might not even get back up." Then steeling myself to deliver the really bad news, "Your heifer could die tonight." Sure enough, she turned her huge blue eyes to me and said, "Then what did I just waste ninety-seven bucks for? Why didn't we just shoot her to start with?"

    Spoken like a true country girl.

    The heifer did die that night. Our efforts to save her failed. I will never forget that Mother's Day.
     
  2. LindseyM12

    LindseyM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats so sad! yuck! [​IMG]
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Ok I can never top that. Mainly because I have never had a disaapointing mothers day. Expect nothing and you are never disappointed, and often surprised.
     
  4. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Then what did I just waste ninety-seven bucks for? Why didn't we just shoot her to start with?"

    Smart girl you got there​
     
  5. MsPony

    MsPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She still a country girl? She was smart at 9!

    Sorry about the heifer [​IMG]
     
  6. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:Smart girl you got there

    Sounds just like my youngest daughter! to a T.
     
  7. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of the mouths of babes. What a stressful mother's day that was for you...and sometimes our kids can really surprise us, lol.

    It might sound odd but my worst mother's day was also my best...for the previous week I had been in the hospital receiving my first round of inpatient chemo & radiation, and I got to home to spend mother's day with my young teen daughter...she helped me pack from the hospital and we had a glorious day together laying in bed and laughing and eating scrambled eggs.
     
  8. debtrag

    debtrag Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you sharing this heartbreaking account of your experience. I have been picking my neighbors (farmers) brains about breeding cattle and the one thing that I can relate to is this, the insistance that you cut back on feed when a heifer is in the last month or two before birthing, otherwise the calf will be too large for her to birth. So sorry for the loss that you had. What was the vets "opinion" on the casualty, if you don't mind my asking. We are new to livestock and any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Deb
     
  9. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

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    Today was a bad one. We had reservations and everything to a really nice restaurant, and then all of a suddent my mom got the stomach flu. [​IMG]
     
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  10. MsPony

    MsPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My poor coworker, they had to bury her grandmother [​IMG] She died wednesday, got the call when she was up at the front of the store with me.
     

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