If you read the scoop loop last week you will remember that wife Tammy was gone for a little over a week. You might also recall me telling about when a few years back, being gone and coming home to some bulls that were locked off water. I said I new immediately something was wrong.
Well she flew in to Billings at 10 p.m. a few nights ago and we got home about 11:30 after waiting for luggage and the drive home. I was bringing things into the cabin and making sure old dog Huckleberry was alright I went into the kitchen and Tammy was watering her plants. They looked pretty thirsty, and they were cactus.
I couldn’t believe it, and felt terrible. I never gave them a thought, and never even noticed them the whole time I was home alone. As soon as Tammy came in she could see something was wrong. No gate had blown shut, I had just not even seen the needs of the plants.
How much am I missing in this world, if I don’t even notice something in my own house that I spend lots of time with? We don’t have TV, so that’s not taking all my time. I read a lot, but I also spend a little bit of time just looking at the cabin and how it’s built and all the stuff we have in it like some nice bits, some rawhide, and the is a real nice Will James painting I study sometimes. But the only living thing in the house that really needs my care I missed.
So a valuable reminder that I need to become more aware of everything around me, especially the things that require my care and observation.
I don’t know if cactus have feelings, but I do, and I am not satisfied with my Stewardship abilities in the cabin. I didn’t do what was important. I didn’t “see it”.
It’s interesting how water or the lack of was the important thing in both scenarios.
The bulls recovered fine before, and I guess the plants are too. I’m not sure what they looked like before, but I’m figuring out what they should look like from here on.