The cows first came up to us all friendly and then after staying for a little bit, decided to bolt off across the open field.
Together--it was like a mini stampede.
It reminded me of a situation recently, where I felt bad that I had stampeded (albeit inadvertently) on someone's feelings.
We received a delivery--actually a new couch (the other one we were replacing was really uncomfortable and it was high time to go).
At one point, I was taken a little aback when the delivery man asked me, admiring it--"How much was it?"
Not wanting to really say specifically, I just said nonchalantly, "Oh, not so much."
But the man pressed on and said, "No really, how much was it?"
I was a little uncomfortable, but I figured he's just making conversation, and honestly it wasn't extravagant so I say in a round figure what it was.
Then I see his face go dark, and I realized what had accidentally happened.
It was perhaps a bit much for this nice man (although I really don't know his situation, but just his facial expression).
Anyway, I felt terrible and proceeded to say something light and then we chatted for a little bit.
I think it is important to feel for all people--trying to make the best with what G-d provides and deal with everyday tests and challenges.
We are all people--and at any moment--what befalls one, can befall anyone, so we must be grateful for each and every blessing, for however long G-d grants it. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)