Thursday, June 24, 2010
My Fine Swine
Fare thee well my pink friends
You’re off to fulfill your destiny
You’re off to feed the world
Thank you for your hams and hocks
Thank you for your steaks and chops
Even though it’s changing now, to me
You’ll always be “The other white meat.”
I'm certainly no poet but I thought I'd just throw this out there for the hell of it. We just shipped out the last of our piggies and now they're off to feed the world. It's pretty cool when you think about it. We get them in when they're just little piglets, raise them, feed them, care for them until they're all grown up and ready for market.
My husband surprised me with this group of pigs, though. We had just gotten back from our training session in Des Moines, it was late and early the next morning a load was going out. I had to convince my husband to get some sleep instead of going to help load. I asked him why he was so set on being at every load and he said,
"Because I feel like I'm missing out. I raised them, I wanna be there."
For all those animal activists who claim we don't care about our animals and we mistreat them, take another look at that quote. We had driven 5 hours, it was 10:00 at night, and my husband still wanted to go and load a 2:00 a.m. load of hogs because he didn't want to miss out. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is.