Cow Hunting

cow huntingWhen Watty and GoGo were little, they wanted to go Cow Hunting.  It was a classic case of my kids saying something completely out of left field that I was totally unprepared for.

Kind of like that talk about S-E-X that happened when my kids were in the backseat of the car.

Sometimes, I really do wish I could press a “pause button” on my kids while I figure out an intelligent way to respond to their questions.

Watty:  Mommy, when can Daddy take us cow hunting?

GoGo:  Yeah!  Cow hunting.

Me: WHAT???

GoGo starts to make mooing cow noises and Watty is pretending to shoot his brother.  They are running around the room with Moo Moo Bang Bang noises.

(what?  cow hunting?  what on earth are these kids talking about. we don’t hunt cows.  that would be silly.)

Bang Bang!  Moo….

GoGo:  We like steak!!!!!

Watty:  And steak comes from cows!!!

(okay… i know that part.  but… steak comes from the grocery store in nice neat little packages.)

Me:  Sweethearts, what gave you the idea to HUNT cows?

Moo Moo… Bang.

GoGo:  Daddy likes to hunt.

Watty:  He hunts for meat.

Both:  We want him to go hunting for steak.

Bang Bang.  Moo… mooooooooooo….. Bang!

Me:  But we don’t hunt steak.

Both:  Why?

At this point, both kids are standing still, staring at me with open mouths.  They are waiting for an answer.

Me:  I don’t know.  We just don’t.

Moo! Bang bang.  Moo… Moo…

The cow ran away with the hunter close behind.  Since my kids refused to believe me, I did the most logical thing you can imagine.

I asked Facebook.  The unanimous answer from Facebook was that “it’s not sporting.”

(great.  my kids aren’t going to understand the concept of sporting. that doesn’t exactly help.)

My husband wasn’t answering the phone, but I left him a message.  He called me back about an hour later and asked why he could hear “moo.. moo… bang” in the background.  After he finished laughing, his answer was plain and simple.

It’s not sporting.

Apparently, that’s the line they use in Texas Hunter Safety Classes.  I wouldn’t know because I don’t hunt.  So I told my husband that he had the honor of explaining it to his children.

When he got home, my husband interrupted the Moo Moo Bang game to explain why we don’t hunt cows.

Watty:  But how do they kill cows and make them into steaks?

Hubby:  I’m not sure.  Let’s look it up.

Much to my horror, my husband then proceeds to show my kids internet videos showing how cows are slaughtered.   I refused to watch because I’d rather not become a vegetarian.

I was so angry with him.  We’d just finally gotten both kids to eat meat (other than fast food hamburgers) and was freaked out at the thought of returning to meat battles so soon.  But I held my tongue and just walked out of the room.

Strangely enough, my kids weren’t grossed out by the videos.  If anything, it made them more interested in eating meat.  For months they insisted on knowing which farm animal was involved with what meat.

It’s hard to enjoy bacon when my kids are making oinking sounds at the table.

So um… do your kids want to go cow hunting too?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]





Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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