Mind Over Miller: A valentine for Debby
I met Debby when I was a senior veterinary student at a school rodeo at what was then Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). I was judging the calf roping, and Debby won the barrel racing.
I hesitated asking her for a date because she looked so young—like a teenager. After all, could a nearly 30-year-old soon-to-be DVM and a World War II veteran date a teenager?Then I learned she was a senior who had recently transferred from a Texas school and was due to graduate with a bachelor's degree at the same time I finished veterinary school. That was three months after the school rodeo. I thought, "I'd better ask her for a date!"
But was she suitable for a veterinarian's spouse? The test came shortly before graduation. The veterinary school held an open house, with all kinds of interesting exhibits. One of these was a large Holstein cow with an open rumenostomy.
Through a window in the cow's left flank, you could look into the rumen and see the food churning and digesting. A flashlight was provided for spectators to observe the digestive process.
Debby came as my guest. I handed her the flashlight, and as she peered into the dark and odorous recesses of the rumen, the cow coughed. A great spatter of rumen contents exploded out of the rumenostomy window, splattering my girlfriend's face and clothing.
That did it! This was the girl for me!
I'm requesting that this column be published for Valentine's Day. (It will save me the cost of a card because I intend to surprise Debby with it, along with the box of dark chocolates with almonds she is addicted to.)
Valentine's Day also happens to be my daughter's birthday, so Happy Birthday, Laurel! (Another card saved.)