❤ In Loving Memory of CLOVER ❤
Often we humans become easily attached to the animals that live with us or near to us. They work their way into our hearts and make our lives all the better for it. ❤
The animals provide us with the opportunity to be present in every moment, to P.L.A.Y. often, and frequently they show us the simple gifts life has to offer right under our noses.
Since moving to an intentional farming community our family has had the honor of getting to know a variety of animals and most especially goats.❤
Over five years ago a special family brought a wonderful herd of four female Nigerian dwarf goats all the way from California to begin their new adventure in a small New England farming community.
From hoof trimming to mucking out the shed, baby goats born and some bottle fed, milking goats to bringing them out to graze in the meadow it has been quite the amazing experience over these last few years. Helping to raise and care for these goats has been filled with magical moments and the opportunity to be present for so many gifts that nature has to offer.
And over time we have had to say goodbye to some of the original herd, welcome new goats as they arrive, and learn to embrace the babies for the short time they are with us and then wish them well as they find new homes. ❤
We’ve also had moments of brief illness and long term struggles with some of the goats including Clover.
Clover required special attention and rehabilitation after an illness that left her back two legs barely functioning. She demonstrated, that along with loving caretakers to tend to her needs, her determination to be a part of the herd and lead the herd was still strong. And so she carried on as best she knew how and was always one of the first to the gate to greet folks and get her chin and head scratches.
Today Clover, the last of the original herd of 4 goats, was laid to rest with a befitting wreath made of bittersweet. Our hearts are heavy at this time with her passing. ❤ ❤ ❤
However, as with all things in nature there is a cycle of life and death, especially in a farming community, and so onward we must go. We carry our heavy hearts and turn our face to the sun and to the animals that still need our tending.
It is our good fortune that Clover’s legacy and that of the herd lives on with two offspring in my daughter’s care. When we look into Charlotte and Starlight’s glistening goat eyes all that have come before them shines through like magic as they P.L.A.Y. and carry on with the younger goats in the new herd.
And what I know for sure is that when I see the signs of spring appearing with the passing of the seasons I will think of dear Clover, with a tear and a smile, whenever I see her namesake.
❤ Karen ❤