The house I live in now used to belong to my great aunt until she had a stroke a few years ago. When I got pregnant, just before I turned 18, marrying the father wasn't an option, and there really wasn't room at my mom's house for one more person but my great aunt was very lonely living alone and asked me to come and live with her. After she had her stroke, she had to go to a nursing home but she wanted me to stay in her house so that me and my child would have a place to live. I have since adopted another child, gotten married, and moved my husband and stepdaughter into the house too and I have another baby on the way.
My great aunt's only son was killed in a car accident about 13 years ago. Not long after, one of my uncle's friend's sheep died just after giving birth so he had an orphaned lamb. My uncle offered to take her and brought her home and my aunt fell in love with her and bottle fed her, and she named her Betsy. Since she went to the nursing home, I have been taking care of the old girl. She is just over thirteen years old and she was getting wobbly and her health was declining. She was spending most of the time in her stall, lying down. Her appetite was declining and she wasn't drinking much. This morning I went down to the barn and found her dead.
She outlived the normal lifespan for a sheep and, even though I loved her, I understand about elderly animals, but that still doesn't make it easier. She was a very sweet animal and loved my kids and my kids loved taking care of her. I grew up with her just like they did. They are all very sad and cried all day, even my stepdaughter who has only known her for a couple of years. I'm going to the nursing home to tell my aunt tomorrow morning. I didn't want to tell her over the phone because I know she will be devastated. Betsy was like her child.
I'm pregnant, due in December and we are hoping for a boy. I put my daughter, who just turned five yesterday (which makes this even more sad), to bed tonight and she asked me "Mommy, if our new baby is a girl can we name her Betsy?" So I calmly explain to her that there is no way I am naming the baby after a sheep. Plus, I'm not fond of the name Betsy. It was ok for the sheep that I didn't name or for someone's grandmother but I am not naming my child after the sheep. Besides, if it's a boy, I've already picked a name. Where do kids get these ideas?
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