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Grandma and the Bull

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008.


When the East MobileBooth stopped in Buffalo, New York this past summer, Jennifer Gayles, 31, came to listen to her mother Diane Gayles, 58, tell childhood stories. Having grown up on a farm, Diane had quite a few to tell.

On one occasion, Mrs. Gayles was playing in the bed of an old pickup truck when her brother shouted for her to run. Suspecting a trick, she was unmoved by her brother’s increasingly insistent pleas. However, when he took off at top speed himself, she figured the situation required further investigation.

When Diane looked up, she saw a bull charging straight at her. “As he came up in the bed of the truck, I went over the cab,” she recalled. Running hard and fast for home, she escaped the bull and a near collision with an apple tree before slamming the backdoor behind her.

The bull, whose horns came right through the backdoor, was not as lucky.

Diane’s mother, not a woman to be intimidated, came out of the house and gave the bull a piece of her mind and her broomstick. She would have liked to have ended the bull’s charging days right on the spot, but as a mother she knew the value of both discipline and mercy, so she promptly called the neighbor farmer and gave him the opportunity to retrieve his errant bull.

Throughout the rest of the conversation it was evident that Diane has inherited her mother’s lively spirit, and is passing it on to Jennifer.

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  • I remember meeting Diana and Jennifer in Buffalo, thanks for sharing their story. I love the image of Diana hitting the bull with a broom stick.

    Comment from Chaela on December 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • It was such a pleasure to meet Diane and Jennifer and to be present for their stories! My mother and her six sisters all grew up on a farm so those kinds of stories remind me of glimpses of the very different life my family lead so many years ago….One of my favorite stories is one about my own Mom’s run in with a mean ol’ bull!

    Comment from Jeremy Helton on December 5, 2008 at 10:55 am - Reply to this Comment
  • I have never been chased by a bull, but I did grow up on a farm, and this story takes me back to a wonderful place.


    Comment from Nzingha on December 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm - Reply to this Comment

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