Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gratitude Journal: School Bus Memories... and a Goat

Growing up, we lived on a farmhouse.
Naturally, we had a pet goat.  A cute pet goat.

His name was Clover.  He had a black, wirey coat.   He was clever and ornery.  He roamed free in our unfenced, back yard.

But not always.  Sometimes we would tie a long, loose rope around his neck and then wrap the rope to a tree.  This way he could still prance around in the yard and be his happy-goat-self but not venture into other people's lawns.

Well, it's towards the end of the school year.  I'm in 5th grade (you know, the awkward, beginning stage of self-awareness).   Clover is tied up, and I'm at the end of our long driveway.  I see my school bus come around the bend.  I sling my backpack full of books over my shoulder.  I turn to wave & say goodbye to my goat.

Little do I know, as my bus is arriving,  Clover breaks free from his rope and races down the driveway.  The bus driver pulls up and swings opens the doors.  Just as I step on, Clover clip-clops his stubborn way through the doors ahead of me and onto the bus.  The kids roar with laughter as the driver and I push and shove him back outside.  My face was beet red.  I was mortified.

Who brings their pet goat with them on the bus?  Who even has a pet goat?

At the time I was so embarrassed.

But you know what?  It makes me laugh today.

Clover the Goat reminds me that embarrassing moments aren't all that bad, at least not in the grand scheme of things.

They make for great stories and life-lessons.

And if I ever buy myself a farmhouse and a goat, I'll make sure to build a fence.

 . . .

Do you have any embarrassing stories that make you laugh today?


  1. Totally love it!! Makes me want a pet goat (Okay, I've always wanted a pet goat and I would TOTALLY take him on the bus with me! Haha!)

  2. haha!! awww!! Clover didn't want you to go so much that he wanted to go to school with you!! :D

  3. That is an awesome memory. Love it.

  4. Jen,you,your sister and lil brother have such remarkable photographic and artistic individual gifted talents.
    In which I'am so proud!One of my embarrassing stories to tell you now,after all these years, is that upon your return home from school that most memorable Clover day(In case you ever wondered what happened to your family beloved goat).I assure you that It wasn't beef stew we had for dinner that evening!xo

  5. Cute story. I am sure there are some embarrassing stories but all I can remember is my dog following the school bus, with me on it, to my school one day. It wasn't that far but wasn't that close either. I was in grade school. I forgot who called my Mom but she had to come and get Mops. That was before we had a fence built for her. Fences are important. :)

  6. OOps.. commented from my old blog. Was there looking at FB and saw your blog there and commented. :)

  7. love your story and perspective. wow, i'll give that question some thought. we just finished our schooltime for the day and my brain is soaked in the Spanish armanda right now. your blog is a nice change of thought, in that regard.:)