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Ewe should know the old saying, 'Heaven helps those who help themselves,' as Pamela Loxley Drake suggests.

They pushed. They prodded. They plotted strategy. They just could not succeed.

Three cousins each raised in suburbia with grandparents who raised livestock. Cows, chickens, sheep…

Sheep. Those of us raised on the farm know that each type of livestock has its own quirks, inborn traits, such as nursing, grazing, constantly looking for escape routes. So, three cousins take on what farmers raising sheep already knew. Sheep are stupid.

The old ewe laid down and refused to get up again.

"She'll die if she doesn't get up," Dad told his grandsons.

In response, the grandsons determined to prove him wrong and to save the large, wooly beast. They lifted one end, with the ewe determined not to assist. Two tried to lift the backside, while one worked on the front end. The ewe, undisturbed, just laid there munching grass.

At times, the boys would stand back and discuss the next move. Once decided on, they put the plan into motion.

"Look at those boys!" Dad laughed as he watched the activity in the creek bottom. "They'll never get her up."

The rest of the family was sitting with him on the hill overlooking the comedy in action. The score: ewe 6, boys 0.

The boys wanted desperately to save the ewe. Their efforts were exhausting and futile, yet they cared enough to try.

Finally, these ewe paramedics returned to the house. The ewe stayed where she began. Yes, the ewe would die. For some reason, sheep will just give up and not really care.

Three boys learned something that day. They learned that there are some things that you just cannot change. They learned to work together with hope for the good of the doomed ewe. In their efforts, they found that life is sometimes cruel, especially on a farm.

Sometimes ewe need help. Ewe can be stupid like this one or ewe can change. Ewe might succeed or ewe might only try your best. Yes, ewe have a choice.

Pamela Loxley Drake is a Beaverton resident and self-described lifelong "farm girl." You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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