At one point, when Clayton (the young man taking my sheep as his 4-H project) got 2nd place in showmanship, he and I were both crying. This was Clayton's first year with sheep, so the 2nd place had a lot of meaning. I told him that the 3 blues and the red that he received had so much meaning to me because I had just lost Abby, her mom, 7 days prior to that show. His response was to smile, give me a big hug and then he looked down at his plaque and ribbon and said, "I want you to have these". I'm a pretty tough gal, but that was my undoing, I was crying like a baby in front of the whole sheep barn. (I'll give you a second to stop snickering at me).........
I explained to Clayton that the plaque belonged to him, that he had earned it and all I really wanted was a picture of him, his plaque and his million dollar smile for my wall. He spent a lot of hours working with those sheep and he even came out to help vaccinate & worm sheep, and helped with baling hay on another occasion Are we going to do it again next year??? HECK YA! (big grin)
|Clayton and Alabama in Beginner Showmanship|
|Clayton and Cadillac in the ram class|
|Clayton and Alabama after Showmanship class|
|Cadillac, Alabama and Clayton with his plague|
Did I mention how much fun I had? I did? Sorry, but it was a lot of fun and reminded me of why I loved 4-H so much when I was a kid.