Show Day

My Generation

The calves are clean, the kids are loaded. Or maybe that's the other way around. Either way, it's time to show some calves.

Published on: June 7, 2013

It's a big day at the Spangler house: our first cattle show of the season. Also, it's a little nuts around here.

Yesterday, Jenna and I washed, brushed, blew out, bedded, packed, cleaned and loaded all afternoon. And bless her heart, she loved it. Then we flew in the house at 5:10 p.m. - utterly covered in sweat, dirt, hair and manure - and all four of us were showered and out the door to Vacation Bible School by 5:35. I feel like there should be some kind of award for that. And thank goodness we live approximately 2.4 miles from church.

So then we attended/taught VBS, came home, ate, put kids to bed, read copy and finished loading the trailer. John is back in the field as of Wednesday, and I have no idea how many acres are left but it's a lot. And he's started scouting and it looks like some replanting is in our future, too…same boat for many of you, I'd venture to guess.

So the plan today: John took the trailer and two kids to the show at dawn, and I'm heading that way in a few minutes with the last kid. Then he'll come home and plant, then drive back down for the actual show (half hour from home) by noon. Of course, this is all dependent on the weather. So I guess what I'm asking here is for prayers that this all works. Also that it works better than what it sounds like because it doesn't even sound all that great, now that I've typed it out.

And I'm trusting that you all understand this level of crazy. We don't always operate this way but DESPERATE TIMES. And you may remember, this is the same show where this happened last year. Jenna's calves have great temperaments this year, but I'm really praying her whackadoodle steer doesn't have a freak out today. He's 98% cool as a cucumber. I'd prefer it if he not pull out the 2% today.

So I'm off to pack a cooler, grab the small child and hit the road. And it occurs to me: I'm new to this show mom thing, relatively speaking. And I feel like I'm forgetting something major. But I hope not.

So for those of you who are veterans at this show mom/dad thing: what are your best secrets? What do you take on show day? Favorite snacks? Equipment? Diversions for young children? Tactics for keeping them not crazy? I'm all ears. For real. Let me know in the comments below!