Dave and Chris had been feeding some cows and a big bull in a meadow on this farm. The meadow is surrounded by an electric fence that keeps predators out and keeps the cows from wandering onto the nearby highway. They were able to get into the meadow smoothly enough by using an overhanging tree branch to swing out over the fence to drop down into the meadow. But getting out of the meadow proved to be a lot trickier.
Chris jumped up and grabbed the tree branch. He swung his legs smoothly over the fence and gracefully landed on the outside. Dave was confident that he could do as well as his son and he tried the same tactic. Unable to pull himself up enough, his legs touched the fence and he got a shock. He got a foot tangled in the wires and got two more shocks before dropping clumsily onto the ground.
Chris laughed until he was in tears and he started the camera to record his father's second attempt. Dave tried to use a stump to get some extra height but he still wasn't able to figure out a way to get over the fence and out of the meadow. Chris encouraged him to make another try at the tree with a little greater effort. They both agreed that the tree branch was the best option. The gate was all the way on the other side of the meadow and Dave can't admit defeat in front of Chris.
Dave believed that the stump on the ground would help him to get higher on the tree branch and he nervously lined up his approach. Chris didn't seem convinced that things would go any better this time. Dave was thrilled to get a better grip on the tree branch and he became optimistic. He was already congratulating himself on how much better his second attempt was going when the shock caught him by complete surprise. It caused a muscle contraction that he felt from his knees to his waist and everything in between. This jolt provided him with the incentive that he needed and, even though he screamed through it all, he quickly got his legs over the fence and dropped on the outside of the fence. Pain can be a great motivator.
Chris couldn't contain his laughter and Dave felt the humor as well as the pain. He tried to explain to Chris where the jolt hit him and the two howled. In true fatherly form, Dave raised his arms in victory as if he completely nailed it.
Fathers are meant to be an occasional source of laughter for their children, maybe even embarrassment, but this was a little more than either of them had planned for.
(This cattle fence is set for a mild shock and the cattle are not harmed by what little electricity the fence delivers. The safety that it provides them is far greater than the discomfort. They are also smart enough to avoid the fence after one shock. Unlike Dave.)