The days at Argonaut Farms begin early. This morning I was ordering Microchips at 6:15, even before that first cup of coffee. Outside we have the hummingbird wars at the feeder, the guinea fowl are squawking and the roosters are letting everyone know it is a new day.
Out in the pens Angel and Leonessa are still holding on, maybe later this morning they will present us with new crias, one at I time we hope. Cindy is preparing to head out to work and I am having that cup of coffee, reading the news and checking the stock market. In a few minutes I’ll be out in the pens scooping poop, filling waters buckets and working with the young alpacas on halter training. Later I will be moving hay from the barn to the pens and turning on the irrigation pods in the hay field. After that there are fence posts that need to be put in to build a new pen for our ever expanding herd. Then it should be time for lunch.
Wow. The ceremonies at the 9/11 Memorial today were so touching - even just watching the videos online. I can't begin to imagine what it would have been like to be there. It really does put things in perspective. I thought Paul Simon's tribute was amazingly appropriate. He could have written it recently rather than 30+ years ago.
Just like most people, I have an incredibly vivid memory of that day. My daughter called me to tell me what she'd just seen on TV, as I was walking out the door to go to work. I was soon in the midst of 20 shell-shocked 2nd and 3rd graders that were looking to me, their teacher, for answers.
Looking back, the changes that have occurred in our country since that day are unbelievable. Tomorrow, I'll think of alpacas and knitting, master's degrees and work.