I have been doing really well with the corona virus quarantine, but last week it really hit me. I am usually a happy go lucky, positive kind of person that tries to look for the best in things, but last week I was so sad. I think it is because, I had been holding out hope that the quarantine would end and life would go back to some sort of normal here sooner rather than later. I have been looking at the bright side, working on long overdue projects, spending time outside and with my animals and husband and generally living my best life. But reality slapped me in the face last week. There will very likely be no goat showing this year, which is my absolute favorite thing! Not only are they amazing fun, they allow me to showcase my goats that I have been working to breed, milk, and care for all year. We also get to see people in the goat community and talk about our favorite thing Goats!!! We get to take our goats to new places, go camping and generally have an absolute blast.
I was so excited when Moots and Zoey freshened, their udders are full and well attached and I could not wait to udder them up, clip them into show shape and see how they performed against their peer group. That doesn't seem to be in the cards for us this year. What people need to realize is I have been preparing and planning for this years kidding and milking season since this time last year. We traveled to Michigan to get Branson and I could not wait to see what his babies produced! I realized that I need to remember why I have goats. It is not to show them, but to absolutely, improve the breed, spend time adoring their beauty and sillyness and to add general joy to my life. When I look closely, none of those things have changed. I am absolutely blessed to be able to spend this time with my goats and my family and be able to go outside and feel free on my property. Showing them is simply icing on the cake. I know I am not the only one that is dealing with disappointment during this strange new situation, but my sense of disappointment is paled in comparison to what some people are dealing with during this crisis, and I simply needed to put my view into perspective. Goat shows will happen again, it may not be this year or next year, but we will find a way to have the shows continue, but in the mean time. I plan to love my animals, love my husband and keep enjoying each day to the fullest.