Saturday, March 23, 2019

Another Story

"So what's this sheep's story?" Dr. Bridge asked as she knelt on the ground next to us yesterday morning.  The stories... 

As I sit there with my friends, waiting, I usually tell them stories.  "Remember that time when..."  Sometimes I just sit with them and tell them they were good girls, good boys, good ponies, best dogs ever... Sometimes I just cry and say "I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry." 

I was told years ago that life with an animal is lots and lots and lots of good days...and one really bad one.  That's true with the stories as well - lots and lots and lots of good stories...and one last really sad one.  And even though the day is bad and the story is sad, at the end of the day I'm still grateful for the opportunity. 

Lila had some classic stories, especially as a bottle lamb. It's fun to go back into the blog archives and re-read them. She was a character.  She will make you laugh.  And even though she settled a bit into the background as she grew up, she became a part of so many other sheep's stories. 


Lila was one of my girls...that group of sheep as close to daughters as I'll ever have.  I had fun raising her and Grumpy Lila (unless there were cookies involved ;-) could always be counted on in return to raise up any new flock members, young or old. 

Everybody loved Lila.  Probably because she had good stories.  Maybe because she was a good pillow ;-).

Lila Lambie

April 16, 2011 - March 22, 2019


25 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh NO, Sara. She wasn't that OLD. Only the good die young.... I'm so, so sorry, too.

I need to try to leave that "one last really sad story" in the future, but I tend to dread and worry and shed tears in advance for it, because it's just so hard to lose them.

Deb said...

Sorry to hear about Lila. I had never heard that about "so many good days and one really sad one" before.

Now I have heard it twice this week. Give the others a hug from All of us.



Shirley said...

Ummm no. Too young,Lila!
So sorry to hear of her passing, it is always sad to lose one especially the bottle babies.

janna e said...

I'm so sorry, Sara.

Karenfor said...

I am so,so sorry Sara.

sophy0075 said...

I’m so sorry too! Too short a life. Sara, oh Sara, your losses are coming too too fast and too often. Virtual hugs.

Nburrill said...

So sorry to hear - glad you and Lila had so many good days together.

Shelley said...

The wondeful thing about your farm Sara is thet because each animal is so loved by you and then us, they stay among your flock as you refer back to them with links, unpack their fleeces and and create beautiful knitted items. Thanks.

JaneJMtl said...

I’m so sorry about Lila, Sara. I spent some time last night reading your old blog posts about her, starting with her arrival at your farm. What a pretty, spunky little lamb! And she grew into such a beautful sheep. I enjoyed learning about Lila, and I hope the happy memories of your many good days with her will be of some consolation to you now.

Unknown said...

I think Lila was the first little lambie that I read about on your blog. I was smitten. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Terry and Linda said...

OH! Now! Gosh! I am sobbing as I read this. Darn it! She was so young. Sometimes things are just not fair. At. All.

I am so sorry, Sara.

Hugs

Cheryl West said...

I am so very sorry. Another loss too soon.

knitski said...

Animals teach us so much about ourselves. They make us better people and their time is short. I often wonder if their short time is meant for us to care for more animals and pass/share more love and kindness to "All Creatures Great and Small"

LannieK said...

Aww ~ Sweet, sweet Lila. You will be missed dearly. Always loved the photo of her sleeping next to the fence with her ear scrunched up. So sorry for your loss, Sara.

KP said...

You have such a good way of putting into perspective, but that one bad day and the sad days after that weigh heavy, don't they? It's so clear how much you love your sheep and your sheep love you. Sending comfort.

Laura L. said...

The hardest day when we have animals isn't it? I'm so very sorry Sara.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sending you a hug! Bad days and sad days you are having too many the last year, they are all getting older. They are so lucky to have you take such good care of them...she had eight good years...that is something. Goodbye Lila.

Delrene said...

Dear sweet Lila. You gave us so much and you were such a joy. At you Rest In Peace.

ElaineChicago said...

Like you said, Sara......."thankful for the opportunity"..... as she trots across the Rainbow Bridge to meet her other flock mates who went before her. Hugs and tears.

Rhumpelthreadz said...

Oh no...Big hugs

Goatldi said...

I am so,so,so sorry. I hate that phrase because it is one of helplessness. One of I should of seen this coming and if I had perhaps you would still be today. My heart aches for you.

Sheepmom said...

Every sheep is unique and has a personality. When you know them all the loss of each one cuts deep every time. None of your sheep are in the background - you care for them all and do the best for them whatever the situation. Lila wasn't as old as some but all her days and stories were good ones. So sad for your loss.

Karen at longwell said...

Oh dear...I am so sorry to hear this very sad news...thank you for writing so beautifully about her and for sharing so much with us. I am in awe of your strength...

I need orange said...

Aw. I am so sorry Lila had to leave so soon. Sending you hugs, and a big box of scritches to share out with everyone at Equinox who would like one.

The Odyssey Farm said...

Oh no, not another. I'm so sorry, Sara.

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