Friday, April 20, 2012

Shear Agony


Have you ever had one of those weeks where, despite your best intentions, working hard and focusing on what you want instead of obsessing over what's not right, things just don't work out the way you wanted them to?

This has been one of those weeks.

It's shearing time here on the Big Farm. That means over 150 head of alpacas need to have their fleeces shorn off, one alpaca at a time.

Sometimes the alpaca spits from one end and pees and poos from the other, simultaneously.

Sometimes the people you're working with get tired or frustrated or rushed.  And sarcasm and crankiness ensues. And you want to spit at someone.

Sometimes inadvertently people push all your buttons and it's all you can do not to flip out or go cry in a corner.

Sometimes you flip out and go cry in a corner anyway.

And if you're really, really lucky, your family and friends will still love you.

Despite yourself.

And when that happens, you count your blessings and hug your loved ones and say a little prayer of gratitude to whatever powers you believe in.

And then you get up the next day and do it all over again.

Without the crying. 

Cheers - 


jenlarson said...

Sorry to hear you had a rough week...hope this one turns out better! It's still gotta be better than a week sitting in a cubicle, right? I also have to add - I'm continually surprised by just how skinny the alpacas' necks are after shearing ;)

Victoria Strauser said...

Thanks for the well wishes! They do have scrawny little necks, don't they??

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