I Remember When . .
| One fall we and several family members went
to the rodeo at McAlester. My cousins and I watched the bull riding
events, with interest. Now Old Gurley had two calves, the first one they
kept for another milk cow, but when the next one came along they said it
would be mine.
It was a pretty little spotted heifer and I named her Betty. Lots of time was spent with that little one. Brushing, cleaning the corral and getting to know her. When she grew to a good size, she was tame so I thought I would just get on and ride her. This went on for a week or so with some success, but I did not tell anyone.
Then I got over confident. I was sitting on her as she was munching grass and very still, so I just laid backward on her back, all was fine for about 2 seconds. Then she took off running thru the brush leaving me in mid air, then hitting bushes, rock and finally the ground.
A few barked places was all I had to explain, but this ended my cow riding. When we had to move I just could not stand to see my pet go to the sale barn, so I gave Betty to my Aunt. On trips to visit I would always go out and find Betty and renew our acquaintance. My Aunt said Betty had a calf every year and was one of her favorite cows because she was so gentle. They kept her till she died.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.