Melinda Wittwer

A kid goat brings a little comfort to author Melinda Wittwer. 

A little over a year ago I was in the hospital getting a new knee, happy and content that my life would be better with greater mobility and less pain. Then Covid-19 started infecting our world, and life became one of worry, fear, tension and loneliness. But now there is finally some improvement, hope and vaccines! And goats – lots of cute, bouncy, absolutely endearing baby goats.

You might ask, “Now what do goats have to do with fighting Covid-19?” It’s really quite simple. Nobody can resist these newborn bundles of energy. One moment one kid is trying to make friends with the sheep in the next pen, while the tiniest kid is still trying to climb into the water dish. Another kid has to stop for a snack from her mom before prancing around and around stumbling. These seven kids were born between March 10 and March 14 and one or more kids might be born in the next few weeks. 

Because I walk almost every day, I have become acquainted with a group of goats who live in an enclosure along my daily route. After the first of the year, it became quite apparent that these female goats were pregnant, and as the next few months slid by, I wondered how these soon-to-be moms could even stand up since their bodies were so swollen. After a while, I kept expecting to see new babies as I strolled by, but no chance. Then, as luck would have it, rain came, so did the kids, and I missed out because I was home staying dry. 

Now, every day I can’t wait to walk down to the goat pen and be entertained by these dancing creatures. I even got to hold one for a few minutes one evening before she was put to bed with her mom in their “goat house.” Just watching these seven tiny critters prance and wobble and curl up to sleep makes my day better, my life happier, and helps me feel more removed from worries about our pandemic. 

The general public might not have a gang of baby kids around to help make the virus woes go away. So, I did a little research to pass on to all of us who just want our old lives back. Here are some suggestions from Ken Goodman, LCSW, for helping overcome the virus blues. 

 

• Media distancing. A little TV input is more than enough.

• Don’t worry. Take action.

• Focus on the present odds.

• Try not to overreact every time you cough or sneeze.

• Focus on being productive. Try new ways of enjoying life, maybe even quilting.

• Exercise and/or meditate.

• Do not be compulsive or over the top about cleanliness. Just follow the CDC guidelines.

• Try to live as normally as possible.

• Be kind to yourself and others, and be positive.

• If all else fails, get professional help. 

 

For a little amusement, I have rounded up some of the funnier comments inspired by Covid, hoping we can find some humor to lighten our load.

 

• Reading won’t solve our problems, but again neither will housework.

• Not all heroes wear capes, but a whole dedicated bunch of them wear scrubs.

• I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

• Resting is productive.

• Never did I think that I would go to the bank, wearing a mask, and ask for money.

• I promised myself I would do things differently today, so I’m sitting at the other end of the couch.

• It took “Click it or ticket” to get people to wear a seatbelt. I wonder if “Mask it or casket” might work.

• The most unused household items during the Covid quarantine are bras.

• For the first time in history, we can save the human race by lying in front of the TV and doing nothing.

• Our grandparents were called to war. We’re being asked to practice social distancing and stop hoarding toilet paper.

 

The next time you feel sad because you can’t see your loved ones or eat in your favorite restaurant or fly off to Europe, find a baby goat to help put a smile on your face. 

 

 

Melinda Wittwer first moved to Carpinteria in 1972 and taught mostly junior high students in Oxnard during her 25-year career. Now retired, she enjoys pottery, writing, books and travel.

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