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Picture of the day - September 20, 2006

The Grass Is Always Greener...

A cow eating grass on "the other side of the fence".
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There must be some truth to the old adage "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence". This cow seems to think so anyway! Cheria, my mom and I were driving down a narrow country road near Meadowview, Virginia a few days ago when we saw a big, black head poking through a barbed wire fence just eating away at the freshly mown grass on the other side.

I don't know whether the grass on one side of a fence is really any better than that on the other - it all looks pretty much the same to me - but apparently animals that dine on it seem to think so. And this intriguing behavior isn't limited to bovines because I have also seen sheep and goats do the very same thing!

Our pastor - who also happens to be a goat farmer - told us one Sunday about his need to follow the fence rows every day to remove any goat heads that happened to get "stuck" in the fence because their horns wouldn't let them pull their heads back out of the holes in the fences. One goat in particular was a problem child - it kept getting stuck over and over again. But Gary finally figured out a way to prevent the poor goat from getting stuck again by taping a drum stick across the animal's horns!

I guess the desire to taste the grass on the other side also afflicts us humans. Ever since we first sampled that "forbidden fruit" in the Garden of Eden, we have always had a propensity to want what we couldn't have...resulting in countless wars and untold suffering by all mankind - even for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the only perfect person to ever walk upon the face of the earth.

In the grand scheme of things, it's probably ok for our animal friends to stick their heads through the fence in order to sample a bit of grass that may appear to be just a little greener, but when we humans do it we almost always end up regretting it. Such is life on planet earth.

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