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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Belted Cows

"More cows! In Scotland there are either sheep or cows. I do think there are more sheep though, donít you, Bruce?" Bonnie questioned.

"There are far more sheep, but you are right, these are the oddest looking cows Iíve ever seen. Theyíve got stripes. Theyíre black in front and back and a big white stripe down the center. I think theyíre called Ďbeltiesí. They are strange looking, but I imagine their milk tastes the same as most milk," Bruce answered.

Belted Cows

"This looks like an old town," Bonnie said as they flew above it. "It has a lot of farms and rivers and look at the old buildings. How lovely!"

"Itís got a long name and is hard to pronounce. Say it after me, Kirkcudbright," Bruce said.

"Kir-cood-bree," Bonnie imitated. "It doesnít sound like it is written, but Iíve noticed that a lot in Scotland."

"So, Bruce, what does Kirkcudbright have in it and Iím sure you know. Am I correct?" Bonnie laughed.

"Kirkcudbright is a place filled with artists. They come here because it is peaceful and beautiful and there is lovely countryside. Itís also a fishing and farming town and filled with history. Letís flutter down the Old High Street and Iíll tell you about it," Bruce suggested.

"What is that old building?" Bonnie asked.

"Itís the old Tolbooth. Itís the oldest building in the town, built about 1629. Did you know that John Paul Jones was held a prisoner there? They use it now as an arts center."

Bonnie yawned. "Iím tired of history lessons. Letís go and check out those belted cows again. I think they are so funny and odd."

"Tired of history? Weíve been all over the country and you must admit, you now know more about Scotlandís history than you did before," Bruce said.

"I do know more, but right now, all I want to do is find a flower and watch the cows," Bonnie explained.

"All right. All right, weíll do it your way, again," Bruce gave in. "To the cows we shall go."

They spent the rest of the afternoon in the fields of tall grasses, sipping buttercup nectar and watching the cows. Bruce ended his history lessons. "Bonnie, there is one more thing Iíd like to show you. Itís out of the way but its worth the trip," Bruce added.

"What is it?" she asked.

"Iíd like to take you to Edinburgh, the capital, and show you the Zoo. Are you up to it?" he asked.

"The zoo? I love the zoo. Letís be off. Edinburgh, here we come," she said and the two butterflies headed towards the city.

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