57 MollyGreen.com | Summer on the Homestead | Summer 2016
The bottom of the pool was a frog’s paradise filled with mossy
slime. The bucket-headed leader had led her group to the edge
of the pool. And because buckets occlude vision, she took one
more step than she should have—and fell head over hooves
into the pool … before landing upright. (I thought only cats
did that?) In the dramatic tumble, the bucket on her head
fell off. All of her devoted followers perched themselves side
by side on the edge of the pool, looking down at their fearless
leader, and bleated a loud, BAAAAAAA! The leader, standing
hoof-deep in the muddy moss, looked up from the bottom of
the empty pool and answered back, BAAAA … BAAAA! At
that moment, I wish I spoke sheep. I can only imagine what
they were saying to each other.
I immediately revised our homeschool education plan for the
day. “It looks like we’ll have a little physics lesson today,” I said
to the kids. I presented the hands-on lesson to my students.
“Okay, kids, time for some real-life learning!” I enthusiastically
said. (Although I couldn’t think of another time when they
would apply this lesson.) “How do you get a frightened sheep
from the bottom of an eight-foot pool with additional variables
that include slick moss and pencil-shaped sheep legs?” My
children accepted the challenge. They’ll do anything to get out
We spent the morning crafting a makeshift ramp to assist the
fallen leader from the bottom of the empty pool to the top. We
succeeded. And the leader, now with clearer vision, was reunited with her devoted followers.
You may not think of yourself as a leader, but look behind you.
Is there someone following? Are you a husband? A wife? Do
you have children? Someone who looks up to you? Someone
you manage in business? Someone you lead in a volunteer position? If so, then you are a leader! Leadership means influence. I
think that makes all of us leaders in one way or another.
I learned a lot about leadership from my woolly friend that
Leaders with buckets over their heads are dangerous, not only
for the leader but also for the followers. I have put many types
of buckets over my head. Maybe you have too. I have worn
the darkening “I can do it myself” attitude bucket. Or the very
blinding “my own fears” bucket. One of the most crippling
buckets that I don is the “my own stubbornness” bucket. I hate
to admit it, but I have also worn the “I am always right” bucket.
Any bucket worn as a head covering doesn’t help leaders lead
Sadly, I’ve been that sheep at the bottom of the slimy pool. I
think we all have.
I learned that morning that one survival skill trumps all. It’s the
skill of recognizing that a bucket over the head prevents sight.
After the recognition, apologize for any resulting damage.
The next day, the eight alarms blared, and I sipped my coffee. I
glanced out my window. The parade of happy sheep led by our
senior sheep—without a bucket over her head—made it to the
top of our property and spent the morning peacefully munching green grass.
We homeschooled and pondered a leadership lesson we would
PS: I never did get the picture. Sometimes life happens too
Author and blogger Beth Mora is the creator
and teacher-on-camera for Here ToHelpLearning.
com, where she is affectionately known as “Mrs.
Mora.” This former city girl, wannabe homesteader,
basset hound co-owner, who drinks way too much
coffee, loves to write about mishaps on the farm and life.
I ran to get a camera because I was sure no
one would believe me. Hollywood couldn’t
have staged this any better!