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The circle of life

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Packing up to leave the pig farm tomorrow- it will be a sad departure.

I know the anticipation must be killing you so I'll start by announcing that I have had some snuggle time with the piglets.  They are perfect...all 14 of them.  Their little curly que tails and snouts are enough to make me melt.  I've learned so much spending time on this organic pig farm.  Did you know pigs have two uterus'?  I didn't!  It's amazing to me!  I had the chance to spend time with pigs that are one day old, some that are two days old and then the 6 week old piggies.  They will bite you if you aren't careful, half my jacket is gone!  Actually my host Mama let me borrow a jacket because she knew my clothes would stink if I wore them.  So sweet.

Yesterday a dinner party was held at the farm where I'm staying.  My team came from their individual families to eat dinner and enjoy the company of others here.  We enjoyed singing Swedish songs as a group, had the chance to sing our national anthem (they loved it) and share our cultures with one another.  At most dinner parties Swedish people play drinking games- a lot!  They sing quick songs and then take shots of schnapps.  After the first sip I thought my chest was on fire so I toasted with water for the rest of the night.  It was a wonderful experience to be a part of with or without the alcohol however.  The songs are neat and some require that you stand and hold hands with the person across the table from you and sway while you sing.  It's so strange but truly fun.

Then the lady of the house announced that dinner was served.  I was starving and as I approached the line to fill my plate what to my wondering eyes should appear but.....a pork chop!  Oh goodness.  There sat little Piglet all chopped up.  I had just cooed over his cousin hours before and now was asked to gobble up the chop.  I thought to myself, "This pig lived a good life.  He was scratched often, fed good meals, and died humanely."  Those thoughts were enough to allow me to put him on my plate and cover him in gravy.  I said a little prayer for his little pig soul before placing part of his body in my mouth.  I must say, he was the tastiest pig I ever did have.  Perhaps eating organic is worth the few extra cents.  I'll be trying to live a greener lifestyle when I return because I see the difference it makes in the lives of the pigs and the taste of the food.

Yesterday I got to visit a riding stable for horses.  I love horses; they seem so regal and kind.  One horse let me pet him and then proceeded to lick my hand lick a puppy would.  That's the biggest tongue I've ever seen in my life.  I felt so loved when he was finished kissing me :)  It made me homesickness a little better.  I think that horse knew I needed to feel snuggled. 

Tomorrow my group is presenting to another Rotary club the highlights of Alabama.  We'll then hop in cars and head to the next big city for the week.  Hoping I have Internet access there...so far I've been so lucky.  I'm now going to pack, sneak a few sour patch soft and chewy candies, try to contact my mom on Mother's Day again, she's screening my calls even when I'm in Sweden.  Tisk Tisk Mom and now the world knows :)  and then it's off to bed. 

Tonight as you go to sleep if you would say a little prayer for Piglet for me <3

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