November 9, 2012
Not Easily Broken
By Anne Lenihan Bremer
I can’t believe it’s been over a week already but this story goes back to Halloween evening. I received a call from Joy at Soby Ranch telling me that she and a few of the animals were going to be out in my neck of the woods for a petting zoo event. The event was at a local church and was fantastic! And the animals were quite the hit. Anyway, I have been very busy this past month and my visits to the ranch were effected by my schedule. So I was really missing some Soby animal cuddling. They got me all caught up that night!
As soon as I spotted the trailer and got out of the car I spotted my buddy Freddie. For those of you that don’t know, Freddie is a llama. Well, he recognized me. As soon as he saw me coming, he raced to the edge of the pen, cried out to me, and proceeded to give me a great, big llama kiss on the mouth! Needless to say I was in llama heaven. Proceeding to the fence line, albeit a bit slower, was Gable. He didn’t give me a kiss but he did want his ears scratched which I was happy to do for him. Those two llamas have come a long way since their first petting zoo in the spring!
Earlier in the spring Soby Ranch was lucky to get three male llamas; Freddie, Gable, and Charlie. Freddie and Gable were close to the same age; Charlie was several years older. When they went out for those early petting zoos, Joy usually brought only one llama. I remember those early petting zoos because no matter which llama came, he spent the entire time crying. This past time there was no crying except for the happy moan when Freddie spotted me.
Part of the lack of crying was that these boys have done a bunch of petting zoos now and have gotten used to them. And they know they get rewarded with lots of treats. But I think another part is that they were together. They had each others back. This is a very important concept. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
The Soby llamas instinctively know the power of living in community. Together they are stronger than as individuals. Together, they can face the world and all it dishes out. A cord of three (Freddie, Gable, and Charlie) are not easily broken. So, this got me thinking. Who are my cord of three? Do I live my life independent of others or interdependent with others? There is real power and strength in community. I pray you discover that for yourself too. And Freddie, I’ll be ready for another llama kiss next time I’m at the ranch!