I have to say something about today: It was quiet for us. All our showing was done- we only had photos to worry about. K. E. and J. spent the whole day keeping their goats comfortable in the heat- most of our neighbors were only seen rarely so we know that the care they gave the goats in uncomfortable temperatures was extraordinary. Well at the end of this long hot day a couple approached E. (who was caring for the goats in their stall) and said “We are here to buy goats.” E. responded with “Oh lovely” and offering them some little stickers we made up that say “I support 4-H” which the couple took without a thank you. Esther then said “These goats belong to me and my sisters.” (poor grammar but polite) to which this couple responded “Yes there very nice now where are the champion goats.”
A couple things keep going round my head…
1: E. has a good sense of humor so was able to laugh at their rude behavior. Fortunately E. did very well coming third in her class against the two goats that eventually went on to be Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion so she didn’t feel like they were being deliberately disparaging: BUT what if she hadn’t what if she was a more sensitive child or had been upset by a poor performance?
2: They were talking to a child. Who treats a child like they were an insignificant speed bump in the grand track of their very important life?
Bastards. How very not nice.