Elsie the Borden Cow

Elsie the Borden Cow was part of my childhood.  She made the best ice cream, and I have fond memories of summers standing in line to get her ice cream.

Guess what?  I am welcoming Elsie into my heart – literally.  Elsie’s valve is now part of my heart, replacing the old one that was ‘rusty’.  The valve choices are either a pig or cow, and I’m so glad I got the cow.  Elsie.  Now my childhood is deep inside my heart forever.  Isn’t that wonderful!


P.S. I will be catching up on reading your blogs.

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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109 Responses to Elsie the Borden Cow

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great to hear Elsie is working well for you, dear Jennie. Get your rest, and come back stronger than ever!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    • Jennie says:

      Will do! I have to remember these old bones don’t heal right away. Today I tried to do a little slow walking, which was a mistake. So now I am doing nothing except watching the Repair Shop and reading. Best to you, Pete.

  2. barbtaub says:

    Thank goodness for Elsie! I do remember her fondly. I hope you and that special valve continue to do well.

  3. Ritu says:

    Oh wow! Rest up and recover well, Jennie 💛

  4. I remember Elsie from my childhood as well. I hope your recuperation continues to go well!

  5. beth says:

    I remember elsie and so happy she is continuing to be a positive part of the world, especially yours! amazing. get all the rest and relaxation you need – ❤

  6. willedare says:

    That is somewhat extraordinary news — shared in a gentle and playful manner. Rest and recover well!!!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Will. I did not want to worry everyone, as this was serious surgery. I’m glad it came across as gentle and playful! Bless Elsie! I am definitely doing nothing. 🙂

  7. K.L. Hale says:

    Jennie, may your recovery be gentle, swift, and as amazing as you. Thank you, Elsie. 💕🙏🏻🙏🏻 praying now!!

  8. Andrea says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery !! Take care!! ♥️🌻♥️

  9. srbottch says:

    Jennie, this is udderly great news. Stay well and keep us updated.

  10. Good news, will you be moo-ing for the children? 🙂

  11. I had a toy Elsie as a child; her head and hooves were molded rubber, her body blue plush (I don’t know why), and she had a daisy-printed yellow ribbon around her neck. I have often wondered what became of her.

    I’m glad Elsie is part of you, Jennie.

  12. oh wow – wish you a speedy recovery

  13. Darlene says:

    I too recall Elsie. I’m so glad she will be part of you. Take care and rest. Sending love and hugs. xo

  14. I didn’t know they replaced valves? I hope things work out fine for you Jennie!

    • Jennie says:

      They do! I’ve learned more about heart valves than I ever wanted to know. Ha! There are four, and they can become calcified and not open and close properly- much like a rusty hinge. The new valve goes right inside the the old one. Very cool.
      Thank goodness for modern, less invasive surgery, and for good Boston hospitals. I just need to do nothing for a while. Interestingly, there is no pain, except at the groin entry. I just feel like a 90-year-old, but I’m on the mend! Many thanks, Wayne.

  15. sandrah says:

    Elsie the cow! I’d forgotten about her! I hope your recovery process goes well!

  16. It is fitting that Else is in your heart, Jennie. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  17. quiall says:

    The situation is a little terrifying to hear about but I am pleased that your renewed friendship with a childhood friend is going to be strong and long lasting.

    • Jennie says:

      Well, it was major surgery, which is terrifying. I didn’t want to worry my blogger friends, and thought Elsie would put a smile on everyone. I think she did! A renewed friendship in the best of ways! Thank you, Pam.

  18. Elsie to the rescue! Glad she can be of service once again, Jennie. I wish you all the best towards a quick, speedy recovery.

  19. What a “jennie” way to let us know of your situation…
    Take care, teacher.

  20. Mike says:

    Remember her “husband” Elmer the Bull?

  21. Take good care of yourself Jennie so glad Elsie could help. Relax and rest!

  22. Dan Antion says:

    I remember Elsie fondly, Jennie. I think she’s lucky to have a place in your heart.

  23. Oh, Jennie! I didn’t realize you were having that kind of trouble. I love your spirit. And I always loved Elsie too. Hugs on the wing.

  24. petespringerauthor says:

    You’ve still retained your spirit and positive attitude. My dad had a pig’s valve replacement. Science and medicine are truly amazing!

    • Jennie says:

      I have, Pete- even though I feel like a 90-year-old. Successful valve, but slow recovery. Had I gotten a pig valve, I would be Charlotte, of course. 🙂

  25. TanGental says:

    Sounds like you’re in for an op. If so bon chance!!

  26. Norah says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery, Jennie. I hope you’ll be mooving along soon.

  27. Don Ostertag says:

    Recovery requires rest, Jennie. Please take it easy and let Elsie adapt.

  28. Prior... says:

    Oh Jennie
    Best wishes with your new valve and healing
    God bless you

  29. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, I am so happy that everything went well for you, and I am sending all good thoughts to you for a complete and speedy recovery.

  30. bosssybabe says:

    Wishing you a relaxed and speedy recovery, Jennie!! All the best!!! I LOVE cows (like I really LOVE them… a bit of an obsession lol)..

  31. Mchat says:

    Take care Jennie ..and start writing once again with full force .I do love to read your posts .

  32. That is amazing.I didn’t know they did that, Jennie. Thanks for sharing that.

  33. Carla says:

    I am happy to hear that you are doing well with Elsie’s valve. Take care of yourself, let yourself heal, and come back strong.

  34. Oh wow, Jennie, I didn’t know you’d had a heart operation. Wishing you all the best with your recovery.

  35. Jim Borden says:

    best of luck. and remember, if it’s Borden, it’s got to be good!

  36. K C says:

    Elsise I can remember since child hood and my family sold milk to boardens for many years they make the best ice cream for sure

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  38. dgkaye says:

    Okay what?????????? Did I miss something? Omg Jennie. If you’re posting this now I know you’re doing well! Oye! Get some rest Warrior Woman – and Elsie ❤ xx

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