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Crunching Numbers

March 24, 2016

Things can get competitive in the countryside. My family used to live on a ten-acre chunk of land in the Waikato, an area in New Zealand known for its fertile farmland. We were surrounded by other families living on similar chunks of land. When I was young, we had sheep. Springtime (August – September) is when ewes have lambs. Our neighbours, the Barkers, also had sheep and lambing season was a thrilling time. You never knew what the morning would bring in terms of numbers. Occasionally, a ewe would give birth to twins. One morning, Mum came bursting into the room I shared with my sister. ‘You’re not going to believe this,’ she said, her voice high with excitement. ‘Reg Barker’s had triplets!’ We still talk about it.

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