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A Cock & Bull Story or the traffic hazards of planned parenthood

I had a close call today; coming within an ace of being caught up in a ‘love triangle’, well, actually a ‘love pentangle’ would be a more accurate description!

There I was, mind wandering as I drove up the lane to my house, when charging into the road directly in front of me came a cow, closely followed by two of my neighbours hanging onto the rope that was around its neck, they in turn closely followed by a young bull with tunnel vision and the smell of conquest in his nostrils. It was like a scene from the ‘Keystone Cops’ where there’d be a vehicle careering down the road with a long snaking line of cops behind! Very funny to watch from the safety of a seat in the balcony, but heart-stopping when caught up in the middle of it all.

I don’t know what the final outcome was because after this amorous quartet thundered by for the third time another neighbour arrived on the scene and bravely (or stupidly) stood in their path frantically waving his arms about. Now, I don’t know if his intention was to

'Enough already!'

distract the bull (stupid), save his mates who were still hanging onto the rope (brave and stupid) or to tell me to proceed rapidly up the lane and out of the danger zone (kind and stupid); whatever, I went for it and made my escape just before the Keystone Cops went thundering by again.

 

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

 

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