Cliff was asked to be a pallbearer at his Uncle Phineas' funeral, which was held yesterday at the same place where we bade goodbye to his parents, his grandparents, and most of his other relatives who have died up to this point. Now that it's getting close to our generation's turn, the funerals are likely to be spread more widely around the country. I'll bet I've been to a couple of dozen funerals at Kidwell's over the years.
Because it was a nice day with no rain forecast, Cliff and I rode to Versailles on the motorcycle. It's a two-hour drive one way through picturesque Missouri countryside.
Uncle Phin was eighty-nine years old, a World War II veteren; so he was buried with military honors. Quite impressive, as always, in its simplicity.
Once the graveside goodbyes were said, Cliff's sister and I wondered if we could find their parents' graves. I knew if the younger sister were with us, she could lead us right to the spot. Versailles cemetery is a large one, and it was too hot a day to be searching out markers. I was, however, fairly certain that Cliff's grandparents' grave wasn't far away, and we went looking for that.
And there it was!
I once wrote a song about Uncle George and his cabin, long after he passed away.
Speaking of the circle of life...
helped name this little fellow?
He goes to the butcher shop today to become grass-fed beef for our freezer. He is one year old and outweighs his mother. It's time. He's had a wonderful life and given me lots of laughs with his antics. His mom will get a few weeks of rest, and then deliver a little whiteface calf, good Lord willing. I really, really hope for a heifer calf, as I always do. But once the sperm has met the egg, there's no changing the outcome. So it's just wait-and-see.
I hesitated to mention Sir Loin's imminent demise, knowing how much complaining I've read online about what goes on at Pioneer Woman's ranch. Folks, if you eat beef, you may very well have eaten a product that spent part of it's life on the Drummond ranch. So get over it. If you are going to eat meat, some animal has to die for you. That's just life. And before they die, those animals must be herded and branded and castrated and sorted and weaned. All of which may seem cruel to sheltered city folks.
I do not feel bad eating meat that comes from an animal that enjoyed life and was loved and laughed at while he was here.