I thoroughly enjoyed the observation of the sheep farmer, Andy, on the treadmill next to me at my small town gym recently. Andy has two daughters which have turned out to be fine adult people. Do you know to what he attributes some of their success?
He never really had to bring up the two most dreaded parent topics- death and sex. Both subjects were natural conversations around his dinner table. The family buried dearly loved lambs and sheep which could not be saved. They mourned their losses, and learned how to cope with death issues with sheep before it was time to let go of humans they loved. And Animal husbandry leaves nothing to the imagination from signs of fertility, artificial insemination, mating for a stronger breed, pregnancy issues, miscarriage, to birth assistance.
I had to agree with Andy that farm life really can be an excellent teacher.
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