Promoted as getting your clothes whiter than white, the hit media campaign of the 70s (yes, that’s the 1970s—some of us folk are that old!) by whitegoods manufacturer, Whirlpool, saw the catchphrase “Guess whose mum’s got a Whirlpool?” enter the Australian lexicon. With the essence of family, caring and responsibility at its heart, we could think of no more fitting name than “Whirlpool” for a whiter-than-white little lamb who tumbled into our world one recent evening. She was found only hours earlier by kind hearts, who quickly realised that had they not intervened, Whirlpool would have tumbled from this world. With two tiny teeth threatening to erupt from her baby gums, we could safely guess this hapless lamb was but two days young.
So fragile are such orphans that handling with care is a must. But such is the fabric of our kindness, which will ensure this “now lucky” lamb will have a laundry list of possibilities from which she can choose—her world will be one of her making, not ours. She will never be a product, a commodity or a meal, simply a little lamb whose very presence agitates for a kinder world for all.