Last night I went to my first sheep show. Maybe my last one, too. I didn’t “mean” to go. You know how those things happen. Hubby, “Isaac and the girls have their last sheep show of the season tonight”….Me…..”Oh, really.” Silence for a while. Me….”What do kids really learn from doing this?” Hubby, now looking shocked at my question, “Huge responsibility. They commit to being responsible for the lives of these animals…” He then went on to describe to me his experience in FFA and all that he learned from raising hogs. Responsibility, commitment, competitiveness, integrity, finance, health. I finally gave in and said the appropriate words, “Sooooo, you wanna go?” And an hour and a half later, I was at the Tulsa Fairgrounds with my boots on walking oh so carefully so that I did not step in something! It was quite the learning experience. See for yourself:
This is Isaac. He won in his last show. We didn’t get to stay late enough to see how he placed last night, but he was so proud of his sheep ~
I watched with my own eyes last night, the hard work of these young animal owners. They loved and cared for their sheep AND they were knowledgable of the animal and the program. Their parents and siblings were at the show and very supportive; they were sincere in all that they did. They each thanked us for coming to their show. My husband was right, there is a lot more than meets the eye to raising animals.
There is a sad p.s. to this story. After Isaac, the young man pictured above, arrived home last night, one of his mama sheep had lost three babies attempting to give birth. As I write this, Isaac is out in barn with the mama, rubbing her legs and face, trying to comfort her, knowing that she will probably not make it through the morning. I think back to my question last night, “What do these kids really learn?” Isaac is a little boy. He should be out riding a bike or playing a video game, but he is doing what his heart knows he should do…..and it’s breaking his. Good job, Isaac. You are quite the young man.