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I was out doing a bit of weeding in the garden this afternoon, when I heard a lamb kicking up a terrific fuss. I thought perhaps one had gotten stuck in the ditch so I sidled over to check it out. Found this: newly hatched lamb struggling to take his very first step.

So, awesome.

We don’t own the field behind, but it shares a name with this house, so they were obviously together once. It’s a long, narrow field — flat as a table — and the sun rises spectacularly at the far end of it.

A thought experiment: imagine you are a lamb in Badger House Field, born at midnight. A chill, windy midnight (last year, there was snow on the ground when the lambs were born). Yours is a world of darkness (which it has always been) and cold (this is new and not very welcome).

A few hours into your life, just when you’re getting the hang of tottering a few steps behind your mother in the dark, this THING — this great, bright sun — blazes down the field in a streak of glory.

What must that be like?

Thinking on it is darn near enough to make me religious.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 15, 2014, 12:04 am

Did my first bicycle ride today…now it’s pouring rain and supposed to snow…yay!

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 15, 2014, 6:27 am

Yep, snowed here. Soft and white as baby lamb’s wool.

Comment from sandman says gubmint sucks
Time: April 15, 2014, 1:39 pm

Just got a Nissan Maxima and it’s raining and crappy weather here. Boo. No sunroof. S’okay: I work nights.

I like the little lambsie divies. They’s cute. Dumb and ornery but cute.

Comment from Mojo
Time: April 15, 2014, 3:45 pm

A kiddilidivie too

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 15, 2014, 4:00 pm

Oh to gambol like a Lamb in May ! Maybe if I take a trip to Colorado?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 15, 2014, 5:44 pm

@Mojo – Wooden ewe?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 15, 2014, 5:49 pm

@QuasiModo – I think we’re in quite different climate zones [1]. I left on my bike ride earlier than usual this morning so I could get back before it got too hot!

1. I’m on the border between zones 9 and 10 on the west coast of Florida. It’ll be 87-88°F (roughly 31°C) today and the rest of the week.

Comment from Peter Risdon
Time: April 15, 2014, 5:56 pm

“A thought experiment: imagine you are a lamb in Badger House Field, born at midnight…”

We have a few sheep and they just lambed. I watched two twins being born in the early evening dark last week and had exactly the same thought.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 15, 2014, 11:22 pm

It snowed in Chicago last night. This morning all the grass and bushes were white.

It’s now after 6 PM, and there’s still snow on the bushes and some bits of ground. (Mostly flowerbeds.)

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