Tuesday was a free day for seniors at the 4H fair in Goshen and since all three adults in this household qualify, we went to the fair. An added attraction was the granddaughter who was showing heifers. She did well.
The Old Fool had memories of pushing Rhoda on a wheel chair through the fair a year ago. He went to the small animal barns where he knew she would have wanted to go and enjoyed sheep, rabbits, poultry and goats, especially the goats.
Rhoda had been raised on goat’s milk and her Papa gave her and the Old Fool a bred nanny goat as a gift on their way home from their honeymoon. We had goats while on the farm in Pennsylvania and for the first ten years that we lived in the parsonage in Tampa. We raised our children on goat’s milk.
When we moved from the parsonage we bought raw goat’s milk from Matt, an Italian who loved his goats. A county judge came to Matt for goat’s milk. Matt reminded the judge that it was illegal for him to buy raw goat’s milk. The judge promptly negotiated with Matt for the purchase of a goat. Next, the judge said that he would pay Matt to care of his goat and would come regularly to get the milk from his goat.
Matt told The Old Fool that a pudding made from the blood of a goat was one of his favorite foods. He was a Bible-believing Baptist and The Old Fool thought Matt should know that eating blood was forbidden by the God who inspired the Bible. The Old Fool took the Bible seriously and he could not eat blood.
If Matt and The Old Fool had known their Bibles better they would have known that it was also written therein ‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.” (Leviticus 3:17) The Old Fool did not know that the Bible discriminated against the eating of fat. He ate fat with a clear conscience. He was as guilty as Matt.
Now the Old Fool knows that the Bible should not be taken so seriously. As the Spirit moves him, The Old Fool will write more about the Bible and how to take it seriously, but not too seriously. The faith and knowledge of The Old Fool keeps evolving.
The Old Fool came home from the fair with a bit of goat meat to eat. There were more goats raised for their meat than for their milk on display at the fair.