Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Love You...

...for sentimental reasons...
Remember that Nat King Cole song? It fits my view of these two lambs.
Darla Gay and Qdy are both Unicorn offspring, out of a mother/daughter pair of ewes; Dolce and Delyth. Dolce and Delyth live with Karen Byron now. With these two keeper lambs, I was finally reconciled to letting go of the parents.
But in a way, Darla and Qdy don't have a long-term future here in my flock. I doubt theyhave polled potential. I should have offered them for sale. But my son was only willing to give up his Delyth if he could keep her white Qdy. So Qdy stayed. And try as I might, I couldn't let go of Darla. I named her after my alter ego. And she truly LOVES me. So how could I let her go?
The best I can hope for is that these girls will give me keeper half-polled ewe lambs someday, and then I can move them on. But that just sounds too hard to contemplate right now. Too hard. My hard-hearted, bottom-line, sensible shepherd instinct knows this isn't the way to run an efficient farming operation. The mushy cuddle-bug little girl in me doesn't care. These two girls are precious. I'm holding on to them for sentimental reasons. At least for now.


Kara said...

I don't see any problem with that! :) I actually make MOST my flock decisions for sentimental is hard not too with these special little sheep.

Nancy K. said...

sounds perfectly reasonable to me!


Gail V said...

You know, we lovvvee some of our sheep, here, too, and have actually found it possible to send on some of those sheep after a year or two. Others we love come along; the first loved sheep sometimes fall out of love with us; it helps if the new home loves their sheep and we know they'll be appreciated there.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

You are so right, Gail. And that is what I am hoping for...that when the time comes, I know they will be just as happy, and treasured, somewhere else. I'm so grateful to Karen B. for being that person for Dolce and Delyth.

Juliann said...

Sabrina I know how you feel, I've turned my whole flock over several times. I even cried letting a few girls go, but I knew I had to do this if I wanted to eventually breed the horn gene completely out of my flock.
I had set a goal for myself, knowing that I would have to train myself to have a certain detachment to reach that goal.
I've sold sheep that I swore I'd never sell, but once they were gone, I didn't miss them and I don't now. I have too many others that require my care, in some cases, I have granddaughters and great granddaughters to remember them by.
Gail is right, in letting one go, there will always be another to take her place.
I do have one ewe who is a sentimental favorite, even though she is only a half poll. Netty is my one allowance to being sentimental. Everyone else will eventually be sold, or culled.
Just letting you know that I have been there. :)