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The bull that became a civil servant

Based on a story that I have been hearing these days, of the unfulfillment and absence of some civil servants before their commitment to the community.


John Elvis Vera S.


Once upon a time, in an isolated village, a lone cattle farmer had a breeding Bull.

All of the farmers in the region wanting to increase their herd had to go to this one owner in order to breed their cows with this famed Bull, who would mount the cows in need of his service

Not only did this mean having a good relationship with the landowner, but they also had to pay a substantial sum of money for the right to have their cows impregnated. However, it wasn’t long before the farmers lost the desire to continue with things the way they were and so they went to the Mayor to ask if he could find a solution to this situation that was emptying the poor farmers’ pockets so much.

Thus, a smart and snappy decision was made to buy the bull from the landowner.

On completing such a fantastic deal for both the landowner and the Mayor, the protagonist of this story, or in other words – the Bull, joined the payroll of this forgotten town.

So, the transfer was made and the required medical examination carried out on the character in question (the Bull) and a space was made for him in the field so that he could carry out his chief role in the transformation of cattle breeding in the region.

The following week, in a predetermined time frame personally designed by the Mayor, and in accordance with his political commitment to the possible beneficiary, the now arrogant Bull finally resumed his work.

The small landowners in power were taken by surprise when, in his new position, the former cow charmer ceased to perform with the same regularity and quantity required. Undeterred, he explained that he had decided to decrease his level of work now that he was a well-known and respected civil servant.

He would comply with the schedule, which should not exceed eight hours a day, but hoped that it wouldn’t really be more than seven, and with at least two well-deserved days off a week.

He also said that he did not like sunny or rainy days and as such he would require a good shed with air conditioning.

Furthermore, he would carry out his labours in the space that had been exclusively tailor-made for him, and not in the places where the cows in need of his services lived.

Last but not least, he asked that all requests be made in writing and left in his enclosure, that is his shed, together with signatures, exact directions and other relevant notes, not forgetting a panoramic photograph of the candidate cow to be mounted.

This behaviour did not do well for the bull, as the humble farmers reflected that there were now all kinds of bull available and from now on they would only use those that were always ready to breed with their cows, regardless of the day, the time or the pasture.

(Translated by Emily Russell) – Photos: Pixabay

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