Album Note: Our daughters Katie, Emily & Julia each raised bottle calves as 4-H projects, and in the process learned a lot both about hard work and having fun. I will never forget the many sweet and humorous episodes that occurred between kid and calf.
We all loved little Daisy when yer Daddy brought her home A precious tiny orphan calf that you would call your own She-was frightened in the barn and so beside her you laid down To warm and give her comfort til she was sleeping sound
Her big brown eyes were dreamy and her lashes long and full Her legs were thin and knobby with their tiny little hooves Her coat was soft and silky and it smelled like prairie hay She leaned in close & shut her eyes as-you brushed her every day
You and Daisy - round and around you’d go A busy little pair of pals – both of you on the go You’d lead her round the driveway – she’d pretty well lead you back And when you were done, you’d give her a hug – your sweet little bottle calf
She grew fast on the milk you fed her every morn and night Your 4-H leader helped you learn to care for her just right Your voice was low and serious as you coached her for the fair Then-she’d pull your wagon round the barn, we’d always find you there
You and Daisy practiced at the fair for hours and hours You washed your little Daisy til she smelled just like a flower When it came your turn to show her she was good and didn’t budge You answered all the questions while you smiled at the judge
The next year Daisy grew to be a heifer with the others And in another year we saw that she became a mother We’d walk out to the pasture and see her with her calf She’d step out from the herd and amble over for a pat
We still pass by your ribbon on the wall in your old room It makes us smile and think of Daisy’s year she spent with you There’s-just something ‘bout a little kid out playing with a calf That never fails to warm our hearts & makes us wanna laugh