What's your earliest memory?
I have a very early memory about being a farm girl. I must have been only 4-5 years old when I had the job of guarding the opening. My dad was trying to get the cows to go into a certain place in the barn and of course the cows wanted to go anywhere but there. So, someone had to block any possible exits that the cows might find. Guarding the opening meant that I had to stand in a certain spot so that the cows wouldn't try to escape from that particular route. I'd never felt so little! I stood there, all of 40 pounds, holding a stick in order to intimidate any 1,000 pound cow who came my way. I have a distinct memory of crying, bawling in fact. When my mom came over I sobbed that a big cow had stared at me. (Now, I know that the phrase "'cow eyes" means big, soft, and filled with love. Well, as a tiny little girl guarding the opening, cow eyes were huge and scary.) My mother told me, "Of course, she's staring at you! You're so pretty!" (...awwww... How do mom's know just the right thing to say?) With a new confidence I was able to wave my stick and guard that opening until the job was done.