What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

A Simple Solution September 25, 2013

Filed under: Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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See the nice nook? Perfect for a seven-year-old Megan butt.

See the nice nook? Perfect for a seven-year-old Megan butt.

When I was a little girl, I played in trees. Not a tree house (we never had one of those), but real trees. Long rows of trees that lined the yard and giant climbing trees that had perfect branches for a kid to fall out of. One day, I was climbing my favorite tree. It has a perfect seat in the bottom branch. And if you stood on the seat, then the branches almost formed ladder, just begging for you to climb it. I made it up to my super special really high spot, which was only about six feet off the ground, and I saw something strange.

Nestled into the crook of the branch was something hard and smooth. I brushed the dirt away and underneath, my new treasure was white. I had found a bone! I showed it to my mother, who has a master’s in archaeology, and she said it was a cow bone. There was a cow bone in my tree!

But how did the bone get there? I was fascinated! How did the cow climb the tree, and who killed it once it was up there? My mother said I should do my science fair project about my bone and animal bones in general. I made a project called “Bones in my Backyard,” and I think I won something for it. But I didn’t care. I needed to know how the cow got in the tree.

Finally, I had a stroke of inspiration. I knew the answer: the cow could fly. The cow had been flying through the yard and got its foot stuck on the branch. It couldn’t get down and then starved to death. As it decayed, all the bones fell away except for the stuck ankle bone. I was a genius! I had solved the mystery. And I learned that sometimes when you’re looking at a scientific problem, the simplest solution is the right one: it’s a flying cow.

The swoopy branch is where I found the bone.

The swoopy branch is where I found the bone.


8 Responses to “A Simple Solution”

  1. Nature is such an amazing playground and the adventures it afforded us were magical. Thank you for sharing this with us and here’s to the flying cows of our childhood, utterly wonderful!

  2. I have some additional and pertinent information for your archaeological report: a Flying Cow stuck in a swoopy branch, starving to death, and finally rotting there, SMELLS LIKE CABBAGE!!! Ha!Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!HaHa! (Check out my post, which is incidentally titled: “Smells Like Cabbage.”)

  3. stevie0018 Says:

    lol cute …. reminds me of my iwn personal tree i played n when i was a little girl.

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