I walked into the pole barn after brushing the donkeys and sat down with the sheep. Zelda came up and sniffed me. I rubbed her neck and when I stopped she just stayed there looking at me. I looked back trying to open myself up to her, trying to listen. But no words came, just a comfortable silence. An ease that I don’t usually feel from Zelda.
Then Socks came over and rubbed her head on my knee. I scratched her ears and as we sat there, Pumpkin came up to me and sniffed my hand then the top of my boot. He seemed curious and unafraid. Suzy and Liam lounged against the barn and Ma and Deb hung around on the other side of the fence. Kim was the only one who was restless. So this is what it’s like when Red’s not around I thought.
Jon and Red left to help neighbors round up some runaway sheep so I was doing the afternoon chores by myself. I haven’t spent much time with the sheep like this. Usually they’re running from here to there watching Red and moving according to what he does. But today I sat with them long enough to get a feeling for what it might be like when there are no people or dogs around. I felt like I had come to their home for a visit. Everyone was relaxed, just doing what they do. I felt like I got to know them a little better. I felt like they had accepted me.