Search and Rescue

I think I can officially say… “Summer has returned to southern Norway!”

After a long dark winter the sun has finally come back and even though it sets around 10:30 in the evening, it doesn’t get totally dark. I can still see a glow as it shines all through the night in the north. By 4:30 in the morning it’s on the rise again. I love this time of year the only thing is, for me, it’s hard to sleep.

I stay up late not wanting to go to bed and miss out on anything and wake up early with the sun shining through the curtains. I should buy shades for the windows, but for some reason just can’t seem to do it.

With the weather being warmer (don’t get me wrong, it’s not hot, just warmer) I also sleep with the window open. After living in this house for last twenty years I’m used to the seagulls screaming and squawking every morning, that’s not what’s been waking me up this week…

Being a mother of five, plus one, I know what it’s like to be awakened by the sound of a baby crying for food or a dry diaper, but not because they have their head caught in a fence!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Well, I must live on the greener side of that fence!

Every morning this week I have been awakened by the sound of a lamb (yes, lamb as in baby sheep) crying and caught between our fence and the neighbors. I know right away when something is wrong because it’s not a random ‘baaa’ I hear, it’s more like a constant ‘AAAAA!’ Or as the Norwegians would say, ‘ÆÆÆÆÆ!’

It’s impossible to sleep knowing the little tyke is caught (plus all the screaming). So, I put on my boots, walk across the field in my nightgown searching for the lamb in need of rescue.

I don’t know how well it works counting sheep jumping over fences to fall asleep, but I can tell you this, it certainly wakes you up when they get caught trying to wiggle through.

Do you think the grass looks any greener on my side of the fence?

Do you think the grass looks any greener on my side of the fence?

Happily reunited and getting nourishment from his mamma

Happily reunited and getting nourishment from his mamma. My work is done!

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on May 30, 2013, in all things Norsk, Photos, silly stuff and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Some women were born to be mothers. This story is proof of that phenomenon. Thank you Ms. Maggie, for sharing this small part of a Mamma’s life.

  2. Poor little tyke – it must be terrifying to be stuck by the neck till the nice lady comes out billowing nightly across the green pastures to the rescue! Love that second shot – what pastures you have. 🙂

  3. Very cute. You are a hero!

  4. Got a smile on my face after reading this post, Maggie. Beautiful !!!

  5. what a great story maggie….boots and a nightgown stick with me, it could be a new trend!! i wonder what the little lamb was thinking as you were snaping his picture, “hey lady, a little help here!!”…….i would have been very dissapointed had you not!!

  6. I’m loving conjuring up the image of you wandering across the fields a bit like the ghost of Cathy from Wuthering Heights – wonder what your neighbours would think if they could see you!

  7. Jeannette from the CA coast

    Do you think it is the sane lamb that keeps getting stuck? I would have done the same thing, but maybe not in my nightgown:)

  8. I can see you now rescuing the precious lamb, and feeling that deep-rooted sense of accomplishment when you know a baby is safe and protected. It is the most life-affirming feeling in the world. A remarkable post to start my day. The grass is indeed green and there is always sunshine, somewhere in our beautiful world.

  9. What a sweet mama you are ♥ I am not surprised by this at all. I love your heart, Maggie….♥ So glad that “summer” has arrived.

  10. Karma should be very kind after your little search and rescue mission, Maggie! Bravo. I would like to know if it was hard work freeing him? Did he freak out or were you both (lol) quite calm? Good for you. Isn’t it just wonderful to have the summer months upon us? I shall need to go and see Mister T sometime soon. The light up there is very similar to what you experience in Norway. It never really gets dark in the summer, at worst the sky reaches an inky blue. It’s really energising and quite liberating. Enjoy! 🙂

    • They do buck and kick a little when I first approach but calm down when they realize I’m helping. Their ears are preventing them from getting back out. As soon as I tip their head and get one ear through, they can pull free. This goes on all day long, until they get a little bigger.
      Of course you need to go and see Mister T soon… and it’s not for the extra hours of light 🙂

  11. Awww – Maggie, what a lovely thing for you to do. I’m so glad you posted about this because it put a big smile on my face! 😀

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