From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up, it’s just a cow” or, “That’s a lot of money for just a cow”. They don’t know the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for “just a cow”. Some of my proudest moments have come with “just a cow.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a cow”, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a cow”, and in those days of darkness the gentle touch of “just a cow” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you too think, it’s “just a cow”, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise”, or “just a promise”. “Just a cow” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a cow” brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of “just a cow”, I will rise early, stay in the barn for hours and look longingly into the future. So for me, and folks like me, it’s not “just a cow” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure enjoyment of the moment. “Just a cow” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a cow”, but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a human”.
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a cow”, just smile….because they “just don’t understand”.