“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert
“Someday you will all miss this.” That was my dad, speaking to my siblings and me at supper the day after a harrowing night. We all looked down at our food and rolled our eyes, thinking he was out of his mind. I lost count of the number of times he made that statement.
You see, it usually happened on a warm night. It would be very late and my sisters and I would be sound asleep. A loud rumble of thunder would indicate a storm was brewing, then the skies would open up. That’s when the phone call would come in. “Tony, your cows are out.”
All it took was one good clap of that thunder to scare one cow and the rest would run. It didn’t happen often and it was usually during a bad storm. It also didn’t matter how sturdy the fence was. When one panicked and left, they all did. One time they made it all the way downtown!