Idiot sheep.

Ask my husband the definition of a battering ram and he won’t say anything about a large piece of wood or breaking down the gates of a city. He’ll mention a creature named Billy who practically turned him into a cripple.

Idiot sheep.

He almost got sold yesterday. He would have, except that Roger didn’t have the time to take off to Lexington to the sheep auction. Instead, like a good shepherd, he went down to the field to check on his animals and give them a little grain before getting to work for the day. When some friends drove by and honked, he turned to wave, and in that instant the cowardly bully struck.

Idiot sheep.

He’s no threat to anyone except an adult male – and then only when the man’s back is turned to him. If you look him in the eye, he’s too afraid to do anything to you. He’s not even any good for breeding any more. Almost every sheep in that pasture is his child, grandchild or both. It’s time for a change.

Idiot sheep.

(Roger is more or less fine. Nothing is broken, but he’s walking around with a very stiff leg and much discomfort.)


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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4 Responses to Idiot sheep.

  1. Ken says:

    I’m with Ryan. I wish I was there with my big smoker we’d Bar B Que him and Roger could have the last laugh. I’d have to win. I’d eat him.


  2. Ginny says:

    Ruthie, have you all ever read the book Mountain Born? I just finished reading it to the boys, and I kept thinking about you all raising your sheep. It’s a great family read aloud. Abram and I both had tears while we read it, but that just means it’s a really good book. I will add it to my Good Reads.


  3. Andrew says:

    What is standing out most vividly in my twisted imagination is the look Roger probably had when he found himself suddenly projected upward from the face of the earth by that cheeky creature.


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