A major event like Civil War Days at Conner Prairie requires a massive undertaking of coordination. At any given moment there are hundreds of reenactors performing a wide variety of activities all across the grounds. It is impossible to micro-manage every single aspect of the event, the planner has to rely on the individual units to perform the tasks they are assigned without constant supervision. Let’s face it, getting through a major event like this without incident is more or less a miracle.
This morning, all eyes were on the Union troops in their military finery who were performing drills in the pasture located just outside the barn. Artillery fire and Gatlin guns could be heard in the distance. Apparently Miss V. didn’t like being outdone by a bunch of reenactors, she decided it was time to put on a show of her own by performing an actual miracle.
I was busy with my role as the camp laundress when I got the call. I quickly grabbed my camera and headed to the barn. She had very quickly given birth to a buck and a doe.
Suddenly the crowd was thinking, “Civil what?” All the attention shifted to the newborn kids.
Who could blame them?
I managed to tear myself away and return to my post, but couldn’t wait to get back to the barn later in the day. The moment I saw the little doe up close and personal my heart melted. Miss V. really did perform a miracle; she’s not just an ordinary little doe. She is by far the WORLD’S CUTEST GOAT KID because she is very, very special.
This little doe was born complete with her own jewelry. She has waddles just below her ears that make her look like she’s wearing dangly earrings!
Not all goats have waddles. If they do, they are usually on the side of the neck like Miss V’s. Needless to say,she is extremely proud of her little miracles and was up on the floor showing them off only hours after giving birth.
I’m not sure, but based on the smiles, I suspect the youth volunteers and employees working today were okay with that.
And I’m sure the guests who came expecting to see a battle were okay with seeing a birth, too.