Teresa M. Pelham
8:35 PM EST, December 4, 2012
We bought a sheep.
No, really. Paid $120 on the Amex card this morning for the little bugger.
I have totally lost interest in buying stuff for Christmas. Unlike in years (or is it years’?) past, I have yet to purchase any Large Plastic Items We Do Not Need.
A few months ago, my 16-year old said “Don’t get all offended by this, but did you notice that I haven’t even touched most of the stuff you gave me for Christmas last year?” I hadn’t, but that’s because he’s a teenager and going into his bedroom freaks me out. “I really don’t want anything,” he said. “Seriously. Nothing.”
I know what you’re thinking. Totally lucky, right?
Not so fast. Two other children will appear at the foot of our bed at some ungodly hour 21 days from now, hoping for some loot. (The middle dude is also now saying he wants nothing. Who are they? Ghandi?)
So there’s really just that little dude The one who has an alphabetized list strategically placed in every room of the house. We really can’t just get gifts for him and have nothing for the other two.
Plus, I want a stand-up paddle board.
So everyone will get a gift or two, even the teenager who wants nothing.
Back to the sheep. We don’t need anymore stuff. But other people do. In other parts of the world, having a sheep (or a goat or some chickens) could mean a lot to a struggling family. We bought a sheep through Heifer International, which helps people provide for their families and see a better life. Go to www.heifer.org for more information. You can even buy a share of a sheep (or a llama or a goat.)
The best part? I don’t have to feed him and he won’t be pooping all over my backyard.