Raising Sons and Sheep

Alice Riley, widowed early in her marriage, carried on working her husband’s farm and for many years toiled at the arduous chores that go with raising sheep and cattle for market. Her spring lambs always brought really good prices at market.

As the years wore on, her three big sons took on more and more of the work until she was able to retire, watch the young men labor, rounding up the cattle and sheep, then selling them at ever increasing prices at the markets in Gunnedah. And the money rolled in.

One thing troubled her. In all those years she had never been able to think of a good name for the farm.

One day a neighbor suggested she call it “Focus.”

“Why Focus?” Alice asked.

“It seems obvious,” she was told, “because that’s where the sons raise meat.”

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