Hello. I’m Mabel. Mabel the sheep. Well, obviously the sheep. I mean you can tell by my ears/[woolly jumper/whatever…]
Do you all belong to the Good Shepherd? I must say I’m so pleased that I do now too.
I mean, I used to think it was great, when I belonged to the old shepherd. OK, I won’t say I didn’t sometimes wonder what it might be like, to belong to another shepherd. I mean – the grass is always greener, isn’t it! But we were happy. Me and my friends Ethel the sheep and Molly the sheep and Dolly the sheep.
But one day our shepherd came round and he was such a kind shepherd, he said he’d like to have one of us round for his dinner party! So he took my friend Ethel. He told her he reckoned she’d really enjoy a bit of mint sauce. Now I don’t know what mint sauce is, but it sounded so nice. So when he took Ethel, I said to Dolly why don’t we follow the shepherd and see if maybe we’ll get some mint sauce from him as well. But Dolly said no, she was going to stick with the herd. She’s such a clone, is Dolly.
But I followed the shepherd – up through the gate, down the lane, across the field – but it was getting a bit dark, and suddenly we heard a howling noise. And the shepherd took one look – and he ran for it. And in the dark I lost him and he left me there all on my own. And then I heard this really scaring growling noise, and I saw this scary figure with all these big white teeth and I thought – “Oh no! It’s Simon Cowell!”
But it wasn’t. It was a wolf. And he came bounding down the hill after me, and I was so scared I just sat there with my knees knocking together. And just as he sprang at me – that’s when the Good Shepherd arrived. I didn’t even know he was there – with the dark and the howling and all the rest of it. But he fought the wolf, and chased it off. And then he picked me up and brought me here.
So I’m ever so pleased to meet you, and it’s great to be here. And I’m so grateful to belong to the Good Shepherd now. I just know he’s going to look after me forever.
But I can’t help wondering about Ethel. I wonder how she got on with the mint sauce? Still, she’s a great character is Ethel. Great personality. I’m sure she went down really well at that dinner.