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Timmy was Gone

Story ID:10737
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Caldwell Idaho USA
Year:2014
Person:Timmy
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Ginny and I sat on our balcony and watched the cows in the pasture. The young
calves romped and played. They reminded us of kittens.

There was one young bull who struggled. We watched him limp. His front hooves
were off. It was as if I tried to crawl on hands and knees, but my hands were bent inward,
and I walked on my wrists.

I named him Timmy, after the young boy in the movie, “The Christmas carol”.
He was crippled and walked with a crutch.

This furry Timmy needed a crutch, but there was no such thing for cows.

Every day we watched the cows. They moved from one pasture to another.
Timmy, always at the back of the herd, followed.

I admired his perseverance. Ginny and I saw he was in pain, but this bull wanted
to be part of the herd. He hobbled along on the ankles of his front legs …always behind,
but ever giving up.

Timmy grew bigger. His weight increased and caused him more discomfort.
We wondered why the rancher kept him. Was he letting Timmy live long enough to
be able to sell him for more? We had no idea.

Why put the poor animal through so much pain?

Timmy never gave up. He struggled, but he moved forward. He never let
his disability hold him back. Timmy was a fighter.

I’ve fought problems in my life. I never gave up. Life deals us many
challenges. We have to fight on, just like Timmy did.

One day, Ginny saw the rancher lead Timmy into a truck.

I hope the rancher finally gave Timmy the relieve he needed.

Timmy fought through his pain and stuck with the herd. I’ve done the same.
Life has given me much pain and happiness through the years.

It’s easy to enjoy the happiness, but how we handle the pain shows true
character.

Timmy showed character, then one day, Timmy was gone.

Michael T. Smith