attachment issues


We were dressed, ready to leave for worship when farmer husband heard bellowing. He backed pick-up to check inside shed. A new calf had arrived but mama was upset and attacking it. “You go on to church,” he told us, taking off his good coat.

She was a first-time mother; nervous and skittish post-partum. She circled stall wild-eyed. He put cow in head gate so calf could safely nurse and drink the vital colostrum. Even after hobbling cow’s back legs so she couldn’t kick and tying her head with short rope so she couldn’t box, she wasn’t bonding with calf.

I sternly lectured cow about her important role as mother. I spoke gently to baby, petting him in view of mama. We decided to try putting them together. There are moments caught between heartbeats…mama sniffed, then licked her baby.


Prosery is a short story (exactly 144 words). It includes a line from another author’s poem; in this case the poem, Coda, by MacNeice. Part flash fiction but based on a real experience 🙂  Kim is hosting at dVerse Poets pub today.

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lillian
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 10:45:26

    Having spent 20+ years in Iowa many many years ago….I LOVE this story! It just made me smile. And most especially that ending. I am broadly smiling!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 14:18:50

    I love how it ended well… that moment of bonding must be so important for both calf and cow.


  3. gillena cox
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 11:27:03

    Glad mama cow got the hang of it.



  4. pvcann
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 06:58:20

    Having raised cattle this is a delightful reconciliation – quite real too, a story that speaks of deeper things, care, compassion, commitment.


  5. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 04:30:48

    The best of outcomes 🙂


  6. kim881
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 01:16:32

    I always enjoy your stories and poems about your farm, Lynn, and this one plucked hard on my heart-strings. Aren’t all first-time mothers nervous? I love the way you resolved the problem.


  7. msjadeli
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 22:10:13

    Lynn, your story touched my heart ❤


  8. jazzytower
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 18:06:34

    Ah! A good ending. I like this:)



  9. Becoming His Tapestry
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 17:14:13

    Great story Lynn, love the imagery


  10. Victoria Stuart
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 16:50:40

    Very sweet story and I was so happy at the tender ending!


  11. Gina
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 16:49:17

    from an experience Mama to a new one, a very special moment caught and baby received the love


  12. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Feb 17, 2020 @ 16:38:56

    A lovely story, that feels real; or an effective metaphor, a lesson in life; enjoyed it.


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