You're going to be getting a lot of farm animals in my posts this week. I have a soft spot for pigs, ever since we used to take trips to the family homestead in North Dakota and we visited Uncle Orville who had a whole bunch of pigs and we were able to actually get into the pen and walk among them. I loved that, I loved how they would nibble at our feet and pull on our shoe laces. You could actually feel your skin being nipped. No matter, you just laughed and moved your feet. They were really inquisitive things and very enjoyable to observe.
I don't know whether Uncle Orville ever knew how I felt, that our time out there was a such a privilege. Something us 'city kids' don't get to do all that often. I think of those times with great fondness, as does our son who along with his cousin accompanied their grandpa back to the homestead every year for many years from the age of ten. They also have very fond memories of their times there.
No I couldn't get in the pen with these little cuties at Cox Farms, but it was still a pleasure to watch them. Mama was nearby. She looked awfully tired.
You can see little hands anxious to touch tiny piglets. There was a young father standing next to me with a very anxious look on his face, and he was trying to prevent his child from touching the animals. I heard, "For crying out loud, don't TOUCH the things" and to me, "Haven't these parents heard about swine flu?" I have never heard a man chunter quite as much as he did. I smiled inwardly and said to myself, "Nope, don't think he grew up on a farm, city boy through to the core" and I inwardly had a good chuckle for I didn't see myself putting my hands in there to touch those cute little piglets either, especially with their mama so near. Needn't have worried really, she was out for the count. Even so, Mamas can move pretty fast to protect their young when they need to, but I expect she's used to people by now.
"I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides, the pig likes it."
~George Bernard Shaw~
Apparently I have something in common with Winston Churchill. I have used this quote before but it is one of my favorites from dear Winny.
"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
Moving further along and quite a distance from the first group, we came across another mama and her babies.
They seemed a little more active.
No it wasn't like being at Uncle Orville's but it was still a lot of fun....
and it brought back a lot of great memories.