November 1, 2021

I have been around cattle most of my life so when I received this story I could relate. I have no knowledge of the author, but I wanted to share this story with you.

“A father used to say to his children when they were young: When you all reach the age of 12, I will tell you the secret of life. One day when the oldest turned 12, he anxiously asked his father what was the secret of life. The father replied that he was going to tell him, but that he should not reveal it to his brothers.

The secret of life is this: The cow does not give milk. ‘What are you saying?’ Asked the boy incredulously.  As you hear it son: The cow does not give milk, you have to milk it.  You have to get up at 4 in the morning, go to the field, walk through the corral full of manure, tie the tail, hobble the legs of the cow, sit on the stool, place the bucket and do the work yourself.

That is the secret of life, the cow does not give milk. You milk her or you don’t get milk.

There is a generation that thinks that cows GIVE milk. That things are automatic and free: their mentality is that if ‘I wish, I ask….l obtain.’

They have been accustomed to getting whatever they want the easy way….But no, life is not a matter of wishing, asking and obtaining. The things that one receives are the effort of what one does. Happiness is the result of effort. Lack of effort creates frustration.

So, share with your children from a young age the secret of life, so they don’t grow up with the mentality that the government, their parents or their cute little faces are going to give them everything they need in life.

No.  Remember, ‘Cows don’t give milk; you have to work for it.’”


The author failed to include the parts about growing or buying the cow grain, providing the cow with hay, breaking ice on ponds or troughs so the cow can drink water in freezing cold weather, doctoring the cow, worming the cow and sometimes even pulling calves out of the cow to bring them into this world!

Written by KING AEROSPACE Founder, Jerry Allan King-Echevarria.