Animals, Culture, Farming, Plain Speaking

Quote of the Day: “America is Too Stupid to Live”

I don’t believe that for a moment.  Although it’s a frequently-expressed opinion from a man I used to respect.

No more.  For I know that:

He. Is. Wrong.

Let me explain.  I live on a farm.  I’m a widow and on my own.  I’m almost 67 years old.  I’m increasingly dependent on friends and neighbors for support and effective motion in a forward direction.  And I’m sincerely appreciative of such help when it occurs..

I gave up, long ago, on self-pitying and circling the drain in terms of how sad, miserable (splutter splutter), disgusting, any “boo-effing-hoo” awful all of life is.

Do your worst, sad trolls.  I don’t really care.

Because I’ve met Samuel (not his real name, but, yeah, an equally Old Testament and worthy appellation).

He’s the young man who has sheared my sheep in 2021, my year of pain.

A year in which I’ve overcome widowhood, family issues and a number of other physical  challenges (fingers requiring surgery, knees requiring surgery,) in my attempts to survive and prevail.

A young man who’s appeared when promised, and who’s got the job done.

He’s fourteen years old.

His mother has to drop him off, and pick him up, in my driveway, because he’s too young to deliver and remove himself.

This year, I’ve paid him double his requested fee, and included some additional spiffs.

God Bless the USA!




2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: “America is Too Stupid to Live””

  1. How wonderful! 14 years old too? My goodness – one of the complaints I’ve heard about shearers is that there are too few learning the trade today. Good lad.

    1. Yes, 14 years old. A nice, bright, articulate, hard-working young man. There are perilously few local sheep-shearers these days. I’ve been looking for one for a couple of months, and this area still raises quite a few sheep. Quite often, small farms will band together, to make it worthwhile for someone to come from NY or OH or MI for the day and knock out a few hundred. I usually do my own, so don’t do that. I called the county ag extension office early in the process, but they are much more interested in nutritional and gardening programs than sheep-shearing, these days. I’m keeping this young man’s phone number on speed-dial as long as I have sheep that need to be shorn!

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