These goats from the Denver Post Petting Corral will leave tomorrow.
Though Denver has long ago shed its reputation of being just a "cow-town," for two weeks every January its cow-town image re-emerges to bring a microcosm of life on farms and ranches into our city. Tomorrow is the final day of this year's National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo, however since it coincides with the Denver Bronco playoff for the AFC Championship, I suspect the crowd of sentimental visitors--like us-- will be thin. We always go at least once to reminisce, take photos and eat delicious barbecue beef and pork sandwiches. Our granddaughter Clio loved riding the saddle. She watched as other children played on it and pretended to ride and swing a lasso. She trusts completely that if we say it should be fun or interesting it will be. She is willing to try almost anything. I use to say that children are so curious and optimistic that if we told our children that we were going to celebrate their birthday with a wonderful bowl of spinach and made all the hoopla around birthday spinach that we do about birthday cakes, they would probably have a different view of spinach. Two of Clio's favorite foods are broccoli and avocado. Nobody told her that kids don't usually like those. It was great fun seeing the animals and exhibits through 18-month-old eyes.
She was not at all hesitant to touch the animals in the petting corral and especially liked the pot-bellied pigs.