Farmer’s Fate
Family lore, with dead sheep and candy canes

I sat in stunned silence as the old 8mm video panned across a field of dead sheep, then stopped with a closeup of a stiff ewe.

I had heard the story years before, of how my Grandpa had bought a herd of sheep, just to have them die shortly after of liver flukes. Times were hard, and the wool was worth quite a bit of money, so everyone (kids included) went out and plucked the wool off the dead animals – farm families don’t let assets go to waste, regardless of the smell.

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