Sometimes ideas strike a person's mind like 20 fat cows squishing together through a 10-foot gate opening.
Hopefully your gate posts hold secure. Hopefully no innocent bystander is pinched in the way. It is an "all at once" impossible deal, the fat cows won't all fit and something is going to give.
The best thing for others to do is stand way back and enjoy the crash as it unfolds. Never stand in the path of cow-power, they will plow you. Find a fence to climb and sit a bit.
As the 'rush of cow' hits the space, there occurs a distinct moment of pressure pausing. The far left and far right cows hang between shoulders and bulging bellies onto the fortified gate posts - and rattle them fiercely. The whole cow line - belly to belly, side by side, flexes forward. Slowing, Slowing. It almost looks as if the clear air stops them, but it is the side width binding as they catch each other fur on fur...almost like velcro.
...and when the four times more-cow-than-space do not fit into that same 'tiny' space...
Be aware, a bunch of beef is about to blow back!
Seems there should be some cool sound effect like an enormous stress ball being squeezed and released as this happens. But there is none. That is unless either of the gate posts break - then after the 'snap!' the noise is akin to a single scream from Pandora's Box followed by the deep sounds of silence.
If you hear that...just run and hope for the best.
Today the gate posts hold true... Whew!
As the gate posts stand firm, and the rubbery pressure-push of the moving beef line meets the point of "no cow going through"....the feet-times-four step to a stop. The cows' side-by-side line bows backward. The line then breaks as some continue in reverse, some spin, others pause, and then one or two lunge will back forward through the opening.
And then the others flood through the open space randomly, like clumping rice grains rolling and bumping through a funnel.
Days like this my mind stutters and sputters ideas....like so many fat cows. These are hard and very good days.
Rich days full of fat cows and open gates.
I just hope the cows are headed into the corral....not to the open field or brush where they are sure to graze away to somewhere before I can catch them.
Have a good day everyone.
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