On this particular day we were in the barnyard with our father that was filled with piglets and their mothers. To keep us out of the way and in a safer spot my father had placed both my brother and myself on a hay wagon. Seeing all of the targets of opportunity to practice our cowboy roping skills we devised a lasso out of twine found on the wagon.
With the rope made, we acquired our first target. I being the oldest of course and perceived as being the most skilled, threw the lasso securing a piglet. After securing the piglet it started to squeal. The squealing of course got the attention of the piglet’s mother and our father. As we were reeling in the piglet the mother was attempting to, in my brothers and my opinion, eat us. Our father half way across the barnyard, seeing the event unfolding, ran to the wagon. Once he arrived he kicked the mother pigs nose to turn it away from the wagon while he was trying to release the piglet from the rope. After several kicks and the eventual release of the piglet the drama ended. My brother and I thought our roping skills and father’s brilliant display of balance, motor-skills and situational awareness were impressive.
Our father, not being of the same opinion who stood over six feet and weighting two hundred pounds grabbed my brother and I under each arm and carried us to the house. Needless to say we ate dinner that night standing-up.
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