We read a book to Hudson called "A Tale of Two Beasts" and this story seems to fit the title so we both decide to write a section. The lesson in the story is that there is always two sides to every story.
Have you ever come upon a task and thought maybe I should wait for someone who knows what they are doing comes along? Well that was me when the sheep escaped and I’m still laughing about it!🤪🤣🐑🐏
Let me back up and start from the beginning.
We were volunteering on a local farm, Quail Hollow Farm, pulling weeds from the carrots. The owners , Monte and Laura, were up by their house getting ready for a farm event the next day. The neighbor brings manure on her tractor through the gate and says something. I didn’t know who she was talking to until she said again louder “your sheep are out”. I stand up and I swear my head was going right and left repeatedly hoping Monte or Laura were miraculously around. It’s just Kyle, Hudson, the neighbor and I. We start jogging toward the sheep pen and sure enough they are all out but 2. The sheep get scared and start running away in the wrong direction. Kyle opens the correct gate and waits while the neighbor and I try to corral them. She tells me we will have to get them to run towards Kyle and she waits at the entrance. I’m thinking...is this really happening? I have no clue what I’m doing! I can’t do this! Where is somebody that knows what they are doing to do it for me. But...then my inner dialogue shouted, Just do it!! So I chased the sheep ALL OVER THAT PEN (I’m literally laughing right now picturing it), it took me 4 tries while laughing, swearing and hooting at them to get them running towards Kyle and into their correct pen.
In reflection, it made me realize that a lot of times we don’t even give things a try due to the fear of failure and unknown. We are frozen by something that hasn’t even happened or might never happen. Failure is never fun but is it really so fatal? I’ve never had a mistake or failure that I didn’t learn from. Don’t get me wrong they hurt and sometimes take time to heal from, mentally or physically, but I always pick myself up and learn from it. Our farm adventure is a perfect example of something that is such a large task that it would be easier to never try but that isn’t an option. We will have failures but the success, lessons and positive impact will far outweigh the downside. This week someone asked me, “Are you really going to turn that desert into a farm?” I gave a huge smile and said “Absolutely” and his reply was “good for you, that’s going to be a lot of work”. This is one of those moments in life where you think, just watch me!
Janelle, Hudson and I were helping out at Quail Hollow farm pulling weeds from the row of carrots when the Neighbor gets off of her tractor and yelled “your sheep are out!” At first I thought she was talking to someone else, but when she started jogging towards them I realized that we had to help. Janelle sprang into action and we ran over to them. They ran off away from the gate that was open and into their previous pasture. The flock was bleating and panicking as Janelle stalked them down while cussing and laughing. I could see the determined joy in her face as she tested her old running skills. After the girls’ third try they got a majority of them running towards me and Hudson. As a concerned father I had the image of my two year old getting trampled by a mob of sheep so I picked him up and the sheep ran into the tomatoes. We managed to get the first group in and the ladies went at it again. In the chaos, I got to see Janelle act quickly and Hudson stood his ground and wanted to chase the sheep also. By the end of the 5-10 minute ordeal that seemed like an hour Janelle and Jennifer (the Neighbor) were like old friends and good teammates while I was the guy in charge of directing them into their final destination. Anything can happen on the farm!
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
-- Helen Keller
Eat Well and be Green,
Janelle & Kyle