If you haven’t visited for a while, you should know that the Farmily lost a beloved character this week and Stockton’s extended Farmily across the world is in mourning. Ricardo the goose, the bovine wannabe who took his duties as a cow shepherd seriously, met a too-early death at the jaws of a pack of a new neighbor’s dogs. He died while in the line of duty.
Condolences have been pouring in—maybe you want to add your own. Someone donated money in Ricardo’s name to a goose rescue in Australia. (In the U.S., you can do the same at the Farm Sanctuary.) Someone else suggested everyone “Honk If You Love Ricardo.” (Makes you smile a little, doesn’t it?)
Me? I’m thinking of poet Alphonse de Lamartine’s remarks about death, with one minor word change:
Hugs to you, Ricardo. And to the entire grieving Farmily.
“Sometimes only one goose is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.”
[Pics by Shreve Stockton.]