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Swinging Pendulum of Lambing

Lambing started with a busy pace this year; a small flurry of seven lambs that grew into thirty - forty lambs each day. I’m in the midst of that pace now.   
Every lambing season I experience a certain amount of disengagement from regular living. There is disengagement from checking into online spaces, disengagement from other matters of the ranch. There is the loss of regular routine because of the pull to be involved, even if nothing can be done to make it go any different. And there is a certain detachment from emotion in order to keep going when there is so many ewes to lamb but that detachment can only hold out so long. 

Each day in a lambing season the pendulum swings in a long and wise arc between successes and failures, between feeling the highs and feeling the lows. Some times I come in from the pasture with a grin and savour how smooth it is, other times I come in cussing and/or with tears streaming. There is always one breakdown into tears during every lambing. At least on…

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