carry on

So as you all know by now, we have baby goats.

That’s right folks. And you know what? They’re better than a viral Youtube clip.

So. Much. Better.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to just sit and watch a 3 day old baby learn to jump and kick and agitate his mama to no end….then I highly recommend it. Also, goat cuddles are seriously underrated. Some may even find themselves so compelled as to put those soft baby ears in their mouths. Ahem, WEBB.

But seriously, these little guys are lighting up our whole farm. Everyone’s excited and congregating in their stall at the barn to just sit on a bale of hay and watch them go. There is so much I could write about these fellas, but an idea was presented to me last night as we sat watching them ram their noses into their mom’s belly, aggressively seeking a bit of milk. And it was more relevant to me than I realized. The more I thought about it the more I realized I had to write it.

Because here’s the thing: A baby goat is TENACIOUS.

It knows what it wants and it will take any means to get there. It will fall flat on its face. It will jump all over someone to get them to stand up. It will kick with wild abandon, running in circles for no good reason until it inevitably trips over its brother. A goat is a go-getter. Because there’s no other option when you’re trying to survive.

And eventually, it will get what it wants. All by itself. Even when it’s just a baby.

We, as humans, live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. Any answer we need, any task we wish to be completed, usually has an automated way to go about it. I’ve seen toddlers that can operate an iPhone better than I can! And the fear is this: will new generations ever be able to get by without their technology? Are they ever really truly going to be able to get by on their own?

Success is measured by likes and follows. Blogs more successful than mine follow the same formats, color schemes and filters. Box-office masterpieces feature the same 18 superheroes time and again, in slightly different circumstances with slightly varied supervillains. We’re becoming homogenized by our addiction to the easy way out. And though I, too, fall victim to it….I certainly don’t want to live in a world that’s governed by it.

There are so many things I learned in high school that I know I’ve forgotten – and I’ll be the first to admit it. At the end of the day, I know that’s okay because I’ve got Google. But at the same time, there are still a lot of things I do remember because I was forced to memorize them from a young age. (Can anyone else out there sing ‘Fifty Nifty United States’? Or the Spanish Alphabet Song?) I find myself now having discussions with friends or family and forcing myself not to use my phone. It’s a challenge to remember something for yourself, even if it’s as mundane as asking who the lead actor in that one show back in the ’90s was.

I feel like my friends and I – we grew up in a transitional time. We remember both videocassettes and DVDs. We remember that irritating dial-up tone for the internet. And we remember a childhood without cell phones – because they weren’t even a viable option!

But some children today don’t know any other way than talking aloud to the Alexa in their house. They can’t even properly type on a keyboard – they don’t have to. And at the end of the day, if all that easy access is taken away, what will they have left?

A baby goat has no other option but to forage its way towards something. It will keep crashing down until it gets to the top of that hay bale. It will keep digging until it finds some food. This is how they’ve been built. This is all they’ve ever known. Admittedly, domesticating these animals makes them a little more needy. They get in a habit of receiving grain every winter morning and they’ll keep yelling in the hope that they’re still getting some today, too. But eventually they’ll give up and go into the woods to find their own. They’re animals. They’re instinctual. And silly as they may be, they’re smart too.

But we survive on easy options. We crave every answer at our fingertips. And what does that say for the future? Sure, human beings have survived for thousands of years without modern amenities. But now that we’re entering a society that knows no less, I mean, what if we lose it all and the goats just take over the world?

….on second thought, would that be such a bad thing?


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I’m sure I might be getting some folks riled up, so please jump in here! Speak your mind and share your opinions! Do you have kids? Have I made a good point or do you completely disagree? How do you handle the difference in how you grew up vs. them? Or does it even matter?