40 before 40: the Lamb Cam

Last Thursday night, as my friend Claudia and I left a memorial service in downtown Ithaca, a gray Subaru came screeching around a corner in front of us, hitting a curb and coming to a stop just a few feet away.  A head popped out of the driver’s side window: a head belonging to my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Liz.

“THEY’RE HERE! WE HAVE LAMB BABIES!” she hollered, her eyes huge and wild.

All my plans for the night – the tap dancing class, the prep I needed to do for a weekend out-of-town – all of it came to an immediate halt. There were LAMB BABIES TO MEET!

I raced up to the farm behind Liz, and we found one of their sheep, sweet Olive, caring for her two twin daughters, AKA the fantastic puffballs of cuteness.


Olive had given birth in the late afternoon, quietly enough that Farmer Steve only realized it once he walked by the sheep pasture and saw that his flock had grown.

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The three of us — Liz, my brother and I — stood in the pasture for three hours, just watching these two little creatures explore the world for the first time. It was marvelous, and humbling, and educational, and wonderous — I could probably watch newborn lambs every day, all day, and be quite happy.

DSC_0239(Doesn’t she look like she’s smiling?!)

Of the two girls, one was pretty chill and the other seemed to be waiting her whole life to bust out of mama and start running (which, actually, is completely true).  I loved watching her figure out how her legs worked, and then using them to their full capacity!

I took a few videos and put them together here:

It was a pretty spectacular evening, with warm temperatures and a mix of clouds and sun. A brief shower passed overhead — enough to make everything misty for a moment or two, but not enough to drive us inside.

Slowly, Liz and I gained the trust of mom and started to pet the babies when Steve suddenly yelled out, “Look up!”

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The rainbow was so gigantic that I couldn’t actually capture it all in one frame!  I can’t remember another time in my life when I’ve seen such a perfectly formed, full rainbow stretching across the sky.

New adorable baby lambs. A huge rainbow. I mean, come on.  Seriously? Does life get any better than that?


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Bob Gabriel on May 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Pinch yourself and those around you – this is nothing short of heaven!


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