Rancher Girl was awake much earlier than usual on a warm spring morning. She had already fed the livestock and was making breakfast for herself when her daughter, Amie, stood in the doorway of the kitchen.
“Mother,” said Amie. “Why are you awake so early?”
“I am going into Calgary this morning,” explained Rancher Girl.
“Oh yes,” said Amie. “Today is the big livestock auction. I wish I could come with you. However, I have that report I need to write for school.”
“You know,” said Rancher Girl. “Why don’t you come with me? You would probably learn more by going to the auction than you would by staying home and reading a book. I will even make you breakfast.”
Rancher Girl cracked another egg into the frying pan and put another slice of toast in the toaster.
“I guess I could,” said Amie.
Amie did go to the auction with her mother. The two had a great day together. Amie learned about the bidding process and how it was essential to putting in just the right bid in order to win the auction.
Amie enjoyed the time she got to spend with her mother and she enjoyed learning about the process of an auction.
“Is that your report?” Rancher Girl asked Amie, the next morning, when Amie laid her printed report on the table.
“Yes,” said Amie, proudly.
Rancher Girl read it and smiled. Her report was all about the bidding process at auctions.
“I am so proud of you,” said Rancher Girl.
“I never would have learned any of this from a textbook,” said Amie. “I am glad I went with you.”
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