Have Sign Will Travel…

Last year I did a post…Why Did the Cow Cross the Road…which was prompted by a sign alongside a country road…well…it was a clever post…if I do say so myself…and…I thought…that was that…

Wrong…

I happened down that road again recently…only to find…the sign…on…the other side of the road…

Now…apparently…not only do the cows cross the road…not that I’ve ever seen any cross…but…so does the sign…

The sign was somewhat of a mystery the first time I saw it…I couldn’t understand the purpose of it…couldn’t see the cows that were supposedly crossing…but…now…this certainly didn’t make sense…why move the sign to the other side of the road…AKA…facing in the opposite direction…if a sign is needed…isn’t it needed on both sides…

Bertha…says…that I’m wasting my energy…trying to figure out things that really aren’t important to my life…or…as…she really said…aren’t any of my business…don’t really affect me at all…won’t pay the bills…

And…her list goes on and on…she’s right of course…but…still…really…I just can’t help but wonder…why did they do that…

Jane

Why Did the Cow Cross the Road…

I worked summer school this week…but…not at my school…so…as I was driving a different route…I noticed a fairly unusual road sign…Cow Crossing…I immediately looked in all directions…and…you guessed it…I didn’t see a single cow…hmmm…

Interestingly…I grew up on this road…figure I’ve gone down it at least 11,000 times…don’t laugh…I did the math…that’s a conservative estimate…anyway…in all my years…I don’t recall ever seeing the sign…not even in the recent years when I rode my bike through there…well…there were some dogs in that area that I was always aware of…so…that may have held my attention…but…I promise…dogs or no dogs…I would have noticed cows crossing the road…

Honestly…riding on country roads…I did come across a few stray cows…and they get more than a bit skittish when a girl on a bicycle rides nearby…and at their size…I figure an altercation could have unpleasant consequences for said rider…so…my cow radar was always turned on…but…I digress…

The point of the story…was that I wondered…why if I’ve never seen a cow in the area…was the sign here…I mean really…the highway department doesn’t put up signs haphazardly…there had be a reason…

Further investigation…did reveal a gate to an empty pasture on the left side of the road…but there was a steep embankment leading to it…definitely not easy access…then…way on the right side…nestled between some houses…I did see some cows…happily grazing…in another pasture…but there wasn’t a gate…and…not a one of them seemed to have the least interest in crossing the road…

About that time…Bertha…popped up from the backseat…surveyed the situation…and said…it reminded her a lot of life…of course…mine in particular…

She said…that I have been known…to do things…that make absolutely no sense to the average observer…but that to me…they make perfect sense…and have a valid reason…

Of course…the reverse is true…and I think that’s the case that she was trying to make…that I have observed the actions of others willy-nilly…and…that…yes…on occasion…I had made certain assumptions regarding their actions…AKA…judgments…without having the least understanding of the circumstances…

Hmmm…busted…I guess I’ve done that a time or two…

Then…she gave me a new quote…just to help me remember the lesson…

Ignorance of the cows…is no excuse! ~Bertha

Somehow…I don’t think that one will become a question on Jeopardy…but hey…what do I know…

Jane