A walk in the woods

We went for a short hike today and held “home church” in the forest nearby. The 30 minute hike itself, of course, was a very good analogy of typical everyday life here for us. We started down the rough road, full of mud and cow pies, picking our way carefully and feeling quite awkward doing it. When would we ever feel comfortable doing things like this? Well, at least we were feeling more comfortable now than we did a year ago! Anyway, we really had no idea where we were going. We had some vague directions that we found in our cottage, but we had no idea how old those were. Within the first five minutes we came upon a cow. It was a regular African cow (which means bony), but its bony rear end was sticking into the road because its head was stuck in the fence. All the other cows were in the meadow on the other side of the fence, but somehow this guy had gotten into the road and stuck his head into the barbed wire. The fence was made of big sticks, some still with bark on them, spaced about a foot apart, held together with several strands of barbed wire, also spaced about a foot apart. So, this cow’s head was stuck in one of the spaces, and his big horns were keeping him from pulling his head out. We looked at him as we walked by, but none of us intended to get very close to him, as we’re not very cow-savvy and didn’t know what he might do to us. We...
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