By Mollie Cox Bryan
With Memorial Day behind us, the official start of summer has begun. My cows love this cool beginning to the summer--at least here in Virginia, we’ve not had much warm weather. Granny Rose always used to say that nobody could really predict the seasons. And I guess she was right about that--and oh so many things.
She liked my ex-fiance, alright. But didn’t like him with me.
She was right. I figured that out when I walked in on him and another woman kissing.
She always said most cows were trustworthy, unlike most people.
She was right about that, too.
Granny Rose also said that if you treat your girls right, they’ll give you plenty of good milk and good love. She was right.
I adore my cows. Theyr’e as good as company as my dog Freckles and cat Romeo.
I guess not all cows are as sweet or smart as mine. But here’s the thing, so many of them are just not treated right. The big dairy farmers don’t have time to develop relationships with their cows. And they really have no choice but to treat them as, well, kind of a number, rather than a living being.
To each his or own. But that’s not why I have cows. I want special and good cheese, and that comes from special and good cows. Like I said--Granny Rose was always right.
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Buttermilk Creek Mysteries, Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.