Sheep1: Baaa! (rolls his eyes in ecstasy)
Sheep2: Baaa! You said it. This is the best stuff that Iíve had in a long time.
Sheep3: That right. It doesnít get much better than this my little lambs.
Sheep1: Baaaa! Youíre darn skippy. Itís a good thing for us that you got our attention. Iíve never seen you in our flock before. Whatís your name?
Sheep3: Lycos is the name, greener pastures is the game.
Sheep1&2: Baaa. (both nodding in agreement)
Sheep2: Iíve never seen you before either. Are you a part of our flock?
Sheep3: Iím part of a different flock. We eat like this all the time.
Sheep1: Baaaall the time?
Sheep3: Well not all the time. I mean you canít exactly graze while your coat is being shorn in the latest fashion. Of course having your horns weatherized in the afternoons does take up a significant amount of time, also. And then having to pick up your wool coat from the dry cleaners also takes up a significant part of your day. (Sheep1&2ís mouths drop open in wonder) There is only so much one can do during a busy day.
Sheep2: Baaa. Your shepherd lets you do all these things?
Sheep3: Yep, our shepherd believes in the good life for us. We even have a football team. They won the championship last year. You may have heard of them ó the Rams. Yep, the good life. Thatís why our shepherd has me always looking out for the greener pastures.
Sheep1: Baaa. We have a sheep dog that is suppose to do that. But he does a very baaaad job of it.
Sheep3: (snort) He probably wastes all his time looking out for wolves.
Sheep1&2: BAAAA! (both shriek in horror)
Sheep3: Calm down, calm down. There arenít any wolves around here. Do you see any wolves around here?
Sheep2: Baaa. No, but the shepherd told us to always be on the lookout for them.
Sheep3: Did he really say that?
Sheep2: He sure did. Baaa. (ďhonest, he didĒ complete with raising of right hand)
Sheep3: Have you ever seen a wolf before?
Sheep1: No, not that I ó baaa ó know of.
Sheep3: Than how do you know that they even exist?
Sheep2: (seriously) The shepherd said that they do and that they hide in the high grass near the creek.
Sheep3: You donít have anything to worry about here. So just eat up and enjoy. ( they do, pause) You know something . . . naaa you probably wouldnít be interested. (they arenít they just keep eating). Youíre probably satisfied enough with that green grass and you donít need anything more than that.
Sheep2: BAAAA no.(keeps on eating)
Sheep3: If there were greener, tastier grass somewhere else you probably wouldnít even be curious would you?
Sheep1: Baaa. What do you mean?(with mouth full of green)
Sheep2: Why arenít you eating?
Sheep3: (caught off guard, but regains composure) I already ate. Besides, I know where the really good stuff is ó down the hill a bit ó near the creek.
Sheep1&2: Near the creek! BAAAA!
Sheep3: There ainít no stinking wolves around here!(snort) I know your shepherd. You see, I used to run with your flock. The reason that he doesnít want you to go near the high grass is because he doesnít think that you are ready for it. He is worried that you wonít share the blessing with all the sheep. And rightly so. There is enough for everybody though. Why not show your shepherd that youíve become wise and bring the good life to the rest of your flock?
Sheep2: BAAAAye donít know. The shepherd was pretty clear about the high grass and the baaad wolves.
Sheep3: Look, havenít I given you your hearts desire? Doesnít it make you hungry for more? I wouldnít steer you wrong. Why not show the shepherd how wise youíve become and reap the harvest for all to share in?
Sheep2: Baaaye no means should we go near the high grass. Weíre perfectly content with the grass weíve been given. (she says this while looking longingly at the bowl of green on her plate)
Sheep3: Look, my little lamb chop, (Sheep1 takes a quizzical double take at Ďlamb chopí) weíre arguing. Iím like you, youíre like me. Donít you remember the shepherd said something like Ďmake every effort to live in unity ó bla bla something ó through the bond of peaceí?
Sheep1: Baaaye say that we vote on it.
Sheep3: Excellent idea! (to Sheep1) You know,
youíre a very progressive thinker. (Sheep1 basks in the flattery)
All in favor of the shepherdís commandment to live in unity raise their
right paw, I mean hoof!
(Sheep1&3 raise immediately. Sheep2, not quite seeing what just happened, raises her hand)
Sheep3: That settles it! And everybody says that sheep are dumb. Welcome to the new age of greener pastures for ewe and me. And no more fear of the Ďbig bad wolfí. (laughs a bit with a few snorts) Letís go right away and taste the good life. (all start to file out) Iím famished.
Sheep2: I thought that you said that you already ate.
Sheep3: Considering what lies ahead, Iíve not yet begun to eat
. . . Iíve not yet begun. (Sheep3 is the last to exit and poking out from
under his sheeps costume we see his big shaggy wolf tail.)
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