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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)

TITLE: Gentle Cow Tipping
By Donna Carrico


The soft light of dawn was gently creeping over the valley. Josh and his brother, Derrick, rubbed the sleep from their eyes as they prodded their cousin, Ethan. "Wake up big boy. It's time to rise and shine. Time's a wastin' and we have to get with it." Ethan went to the bedroom next door to wake his sister, Karrigan. Barely awake she tagged along behind the guys. She had the most important job to do in this mischievous adventure. Ryan and Brianne's job was to be the look-outs. They took their post in between barn and the house.

As Josh, Derrick, and Ethan quietly slipped under the fence and into the cow pasture, they heard the cows begin to stir. Karrigan singled out her favorite, "Bessie" and softly snuggled her head and stroked her ears. "Come on, Bessie; just get down on your knees for me. Now, just relax", she whispered. Derrick stood on the side by Bessie's rear, and Josh stood by the front flank, while Ethan guarded the other side of Bessie. "On the count of three," Ethan ordered. He commanded, "One, two, three!" Ever so gently they worked together to tip old Bessie onto her back, Karrigan whispered in Bessie's ear, "Don't worry, Bessie, we will be right back." As if she understood every word, Bessie gently mooed and closed her big brown eyes.

All the children took off at a marathon pace speeding back toward their ranch home with Ryan and Brianne joining them on the way. As they rounded the corner of the barn, they silently cautioned each other to be quiet. They slowly raised the bedroom window and slipped inside. Ethan helped his sister get to her room as she was almost asleep on her feet. Quickly they all snuggled under their bedcovers with their clothes still on.

Their Grandma, Donna, was in the kitchen cooking breakfast and it sure smelled good. Pancakes, sausage, fresh cured bacon, scrambed eggs, and home made biscuits and butter were laid out on the big kitchen table. As Grandpa David gazed over the cow pasture with his morning cup of coffee in hand, he exclaimed, "Gol darn it! They did it again! We got ourselves a predicament. Come on you youngins. I'm going to need your help." Josh and Derrick were poking each other and trying to keep from bursting out in laughter. Ethan was snorting under the covers. Karrigan was moaning as she didn't want to get out of bed.

Then Grandpa yelled again, "I said get up and get on the ball, I NEED YOUR HELP! The kids hurried into the kitchen. Grandpa said, "You're not going to believe it, someone tipped old Bessie again!

As they all headed for the cow pasture, the kids slipped secret smiles among themselves. Grandpa kept saying, "HURRY UP!" As they followed their Grandpa's instructions, they finally got old Bessie upright on her feet. The closer they got to finishing the job, the louder Bessie mooed.

Grandpa finally said, "We got her up just in time." "Let's go home and eat some grub." As they gathered around the table, Grandma said with a knowing smile, "Well, I guess it's too late for you kids to get to school now. Just clean up your rooms a little and then you can exercise the horses. I guess one day out of school won't hurt anything."

The kids wondered just how long it would take their Grandpa to catch on. They had planned and practiced this adventure weeks ago and made sure not to harm Bessie in their "gentle cow tipping". They had found a way for all of them to be out of school on the same day. It was like having another day of summer vacation.

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C D Swanson 03/08/12
Okay...although I thought this was a "well written entry" I am an avid animal lover, so I was a little uncomfortable reading it.

All in all...on topic and a well written piece with an interesting story line. Nice job.

God Bless~
Leola Ogle 03/08/12
I could so see my son and nephews (his cousins) doing mischief like this. I was born on a small farm in Phoenix (which has NOT been farm land for years and years now) and we had a cow named Bessie. Good writing and a good read! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/08/12
Oohh what mischievous little critters. My dad used to do cow tipping when he was a kid. Even though I lived next to the farm, I never quite understood the fun in it. Your story did make me giggle and I suspect Grandma is far wiser than the kids realize.
Noel Mitaxa 03/12/12
I'd heard about cow-tipping years ago, for I noted it in my 'dairy.'
A well-crafted story with strong characterisation and a touch of fun.
Theresa Santy 03/12/12
Funny! This story sounds partly true, I wonder...

Edmond Ng 03/12/12
A story of mischief! An excellent piece for light-hearted reading. Nice work!