Michelambelo & Michellelambelo
22nd June 2014
Picture perfect, not just another statistic.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, more commonly known as Michelangelo was born in the late 15th century. The famed Italian was considered one of the greatest artists of all time, his gifted hands swept across many fields of the arts and one of his most outstanding works still adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome today. Standing the test of time this masterpiece is described as picture perfect.
Picture perfect too are our most recent lamby arrivals; Michelambelo and his new buddy the petite little Michellelambelo. Whilst the Lambelos arrived from different corners of the state they both were united by the kindness of strangers who responded to a creature in need, for had they not done so the two wee lambs would have become yet another statistic. With lambing season well upon us here in Australia so too is our bitter winter weather. The ‘Ovine Observer’ produced by the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food, of March 2014 reports ‘Average mortality to weaning is still in the region of 25%’. Such a harrowing statistic spreads a grim message for hapless little lambs born at this time of year.
Yet at Edgar’s Mission, we know lambs not by numbers but names, defined by unique personalities. While Michelambelo is forthright and bold, little Michellelambelo is much more content to snooze peacefully under the heat lamp and mosey out when she is ready. Encouraging people to see these innocent creatures as a ‘someone’ not a ‘something’ is something which we hope will certainly stand the test of time and define our generation as noble and good.