Life on Almosta Ranch

Stories of ranch life and other silly musings of an old codger

David McClain

David McClain
Doniphan, Missouri, USA
February 08
I am a simple man who has lived a simple life for sixty years. I have not dined with movie stars nor Kings and Queens. I have not walked the halls of power, nor have I been a mover and a shaker. I have, however, been a soldier, a tinker, a jack of all trades. I have raised five children....I have been loved and I have loved. I do not see grand designs nor do I chase afer them. Instead, I listen to the heartbeat of the land and I rejoice in a bird's song in the morning. Do not come here seeking answers for I have none. I do have questions which I will ask you constantly though. I do not believe in aruging so Politics will not be discussed in my blog. I do not care what your personal beliefs are for you are free to believe as you will...please allow me to do likewise. I have never been rich, but I have always been poor. Being poor however has never stopped me from feeling rich. I feel rich because I have the love of a good woman. Melinda completes me. She gives me the peace of mind and soul required to write about life without regrets and without envy of those who might have more. She is my world. Almosta Ranch is our heaven and we are happiy. This is what I want to share with you in this blog.


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JULY 13, 2010 6:24PM

What Will a Two Year Old Remember?

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What do you remember from your second year of life?  When you were two years old, innocent and wide-eyed and toddling into a bright new world, what images remained seared into your cortex to surface many years later in your adult life?

I wonder.....Will a thirty year old Aric, tall and grown and proud, remember a long ago day....a hot day in July of his second year on earth...When he toddled along side of an old man who took him into the Goat Pen for his first introduction to animals he had never before seen.

The old man will be long gone but I wonder....will he remember that day? 

Ah, to see into the that would be sweet. it is....a two year old's first visit to Almosta Ranch and some of its magical creatures.


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Thank gawd for Mel's direction...he'll get to view this video so even if he doesn't remember the day, it will be imprinted.

Great to see you all interact, and Arik is adorable.
Oh Torman this is sooooooo precious. I'm not sure what Aric will remember at 30 but I know if you keep doing these videos he's going to be one happy man! That little guy is adorable! ~R
Sweetness! Thank goodness for the easy access to video recorders. He'll see this video, and it will better than any memory. He'll treasure it I know.
If he sees this video over and over again, it will be in his memory as he grows up. He will be happily imprinted with the love and curiosity for animals and the love of a wonderful grandpa! This is a magical ranch for kids and adults alike! Giddy up!
He will remember the magic forever I guarantee it. I still remember on that Texas ranch when I got in the pen with the sow and her babies. I lost a shoe that day and my grandpa grabbed me up over the fence just in time. Somethings, like special grandparents, we never forget those moments. What a cutie! Both of you ;)
wonderful post and with the video footage he will treasure the memories when he is 80 of the time he spent with his grandpa. Beautiful goats!
I remember clearly my grandfather from when I was two. His laugh, his scent of Old Spice and cigars, his white hair and playing cards, his deep sense of silly...

Aric will remember you. No question.
Torman, you KNOW I've been waiting for this footage! I don't know if Aric will remember this moment, but I sure will. Thanks!
He will remember being happy with family and the goats. He will remember he felt good.
I don't know if he'll remember the actual event, but I think he will know something special happened there. With a few pictures of him and the "old man" he might even remember some of it. I hope so!
Charming little boyish voice chirping to his Grandpop. Peaceful scenes every child could benefit by. Sweetness of two people loving each other watching grandchild and goats get acquainted with each other. Lush green countryside and a pleasant view. All of this a child might know and maybe not realize they have it tucked away in a heart space marked, "Grandma and Grandpa."
R for real pleasure
Oh he'll remember . . . I still remember my Grandad putting up a peach basket for me to use as a basketball hoop in the garage, and I couldn't have been anymore than 2. That's one of my treasured memories . . .
Sheila....Oh yeah, Mel is in her element when directing me. Oh and yes, Aric is a cutie...looks just like his grandpaw!

TME....No problem there, Mel has that thing grafted to her right hand now.

j lynne....I sure hope he does cause grandma loves making them.

Just Cathy.....I know he will see it over and over cause grandma will make sure of it.

Lunchlady2....LOL! Those mama sows can be mean. You were lucky to have granddad close by.

Happygolucky....Thanks, they are kind of cute aren't they.

Linnnn.....Now that makes me feel better cause I have the Old Spice.

Kit...We should have had the camera last year when we had fifteen goats. Our herd has shrunk quite a bit.

l'Heure Bleue.....Oh he felt good alright, he almost ran me to death.

Bonnie....He may remember the goats and the smells but his mom wouldn't allow candy.

Scanner....You're right and he will have a ton of pics of him and the old man, I hope.

Poor Woman...I kind of like the idea of being "tucked away".

Owl....Ah the first basketball goal, now those are memories. Come to think about it, I remember my first basketball goal too.
He'll remember, Torman, he'll remember. He'll remember the goats and grandpa and being loved by this wise man. Thanks for sharing this with us.
This is the sweetest thing, what a little angel. You have a beautiful family, Torman.

I'd say if he remembers anything as a two year old, it will be this. Animals and grandpas make for lasting memories.
My three earliest clear memories (that I can date): Aged about 18 months, being dragged kicking and screaming from the hall (damn front door was locked!) by my granny, to have some sort of injection from the family doctor. Aged maybe 20 months, my mom picking me up in the kitchen to see a helicopter drop bales of hay to our outdoors cattle ("Operation Snowdrop" was mounted by the RAF during a hellishly bad winter in Northern Scotland). Age two years two months, telling anyone who would listen that they must "take it back to the shop" ("it" being my newborn sister!).
Don't know about me - I can barely remember what I did this morning, but I've no doubt Aric will remember, especially when he sees this video. BTW, David, I've been trying to upload a video to YouTube all day, and I keep getting an error message after it uploads, which takes about 90 minutes. This is my first stab at it. There must be an easier way.
Walter....And thank you for being here to read my words, my friend.

LadyMiko....I have to agree with you, I do have a beautiful family and I'm proud to be a part of them.

Kyle....I am discovering that about video and it's great.

Procopius....One thing I got plenty of is animals.

GeeBee....Oh I love those memories, especally the one about taking baby sister back to the shop. That is just too cute.

ame i...You definitly give me hope. I love your early memories too.

Matt...These dang videos are tough for me too...well tough for Mel really cause she does them. The thing is, every time we do one we get the error message or the computer can't recognize the camera, or the camera can't recognize the computer and on top of that there is the wait time for it to download....seventy minutes for this one. I am not sure I will be doing any more of them because it is so time consuming.
Torman and Mel completing the circle. Number 8 is sucking it all in, the sounds, the handful of hay, the voice of Grandpa. I think all of this is going into the soul of the little one. Oh, yes he will most certainly carry these experiences with him. Love your ranch. I thank you for the invite. Keep filling him up with positive energy and active experiences.
Speaking of error messages! I just typed this lovely, heart-warming comment, mis-hit the space bar and poof! Gone. In a nutshell, he might; he's fearless and he's adorable.
As a grandparent of a two-year-old I understand your contemplations. The cycle of life goes on and it's treasures such as your clip that will ensure memories are stored for posterity.

Lovely to share a snippet of your home and life.
You have a beautiful grandson. I loved watching this.
Monkey Picked for ahhhhhhh!!!
Don't you just want to reach out and smooch on that darling little Aric? I was two at my first memory so it truly is possible for him to remember this, but the video will be priceless, regardless. Thank you both for sharing your lives with us.

P.S. It's official.....Mel does NOT have an accent. ;-)
He might not remember the specific episode (though of course the video will help). But he will certainly remember the love, and the two sweet people who enveloped him in it.