Three cold and wet trembling little triplets calves waiting for warm blankets to keep them warm through the night.
My serene little world came crashing into reality a few days later when news got out of the birth of the triplets. How did it all started you might want to know? At our church, that's where. Our church was having parishioners gathering for picture taking for the Church directory and there was a woman's leadership workshop that I knew that I didn't had time to participate so I mentioned to some ladies there that I had new born triplets, a set of twins and a single calf all born recently and that I was expecting more to be born any day and I was too busy to do things for the church.
One of the woman present has a husband who is a professional photographer for CBC News and she told him.
They visited the farm and he asked for my cell number so he could contact me to take pictures. No problem. He came with a reporter the next day and for about two hours filmed my husband and I tagging our 6 new calves for registration and identification. I had to photograph the calves on both side and also the head with ear tag number for the registration certificates. Then they took pictures of the calves with my husband and I and asked for an interview etc. I had no idea what I was in for. I've been on TV and newspapers and on the CBC Radio many times over the years and it was just small everyday stuff. So I didn't expect anything more.
I had some errands to run up town and down town and you know me, when I'm in the area I scoot over to Value Village to hunt for little treasures. I had to gas up, go to the insurance place and get some grocery and while in Value Village my cellphone rang and it was a reporter requesting an interview. It was a reporter for CBC Radio in St John N.B. and he wanted a phone interview. I arranged that he call my home phone at 3:00PM as I had a funeral to go to at noon.
Since I didn't know how rare triplets calves are I decided to search Goggle for triplets Holstein calves. I was shock at how rare it was and at beating all odds of having triplets of all the same sex that survived and not only that they were gaining weight rapidly. I was ready for him but I wasn't ready for the avalange of interest this was going to generate. It hasn't stopped. Even I type this story the phone is ringing with people old and young who want to come and see the triplets for themselves.
My sister in law bought a local newspaper for us today and I'm on the front page with the triplets sucking on my fingers as I'm trying to round them up for the photographer. Not looking my best but the focus is on the triplets anyway. All through this frenzy I had to find time to pay my respect to the family of a close breakfast group friend who passed away and for his funeral yesterday.
Just for fun today I asked my husband to Google Bourque Farm Triplet Holstein calves and we were surprised that it had gone international. All the way to China, India, Holland, through out Canada and the States.
People from Texas were calling family members here in Fredericton to let them know of the news and they in turn were calling our home phone. People I didn't even know. Another lady who lives at the end of the lane from our farm also received a call from family member from the States to tell her what was going on right under her nose and she didn't know...
Now you know why I've been so lagging behind blogger comments. I was up way past midnight last night trying to catch up.
I feel for those who are hounded by the media on a regular basis. It's no fun. There's hardly time to eat or get things done. At least it's not a tragic event like the big flood of 2008 that caused so much damage to our farm or the time the barn collapsed under the weight of the snow trapping 70 cows on January 31, 2009. This is a blessed event and we are grateful.
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