Yesterday in the midst of my Monday, we got a phone call.
My daughter answered (because it was her phone), got a weird expression on her face and said, “I don’t know. Why don’t you ask my Mom.” She then preceded to hand the phone to me.
I didn’t take it. You know why? Because when the conversation starts like that, I get concerned. Her phone, her friend, and she wants me to handle it. What could go wrong? Remember, this is the Monday I wrote about yesterday where everything seemed to go awry.
Be careful what you wish for…
If you recall, I’ve shared on this blog about my desire to live a simpler, more intentional life. I’m getting rid of stuff. Living with less. We’re attempting to leave less of a “footprint” on the planet. We’re recycling again. We are transitioning to a more whole food diet that includes less chemicals, additives, processing and packaging. Getting healthier, losing weight, exercising more.
The whole lifestyle reboot. Sounds good, right?
Back to the phone call…
“We have a hog. Do you want it?”
I reply, “Ummmmmm, a hog?”
There is silence.
“A friend of mine shot a wild hog on his property and doesn’t want the meat. Do you want it? It weighs about 60 lbs.”
I should note at this point that wild hogs are a big problem in these parts. They are destructive, dangerous and have no natural predators. They are overpopulating and just not nice creatures at all.
I ask tentatively, “Has he cleaned it?”
“Oh yea, he skinned it and gutted it.”
Now, I’ll add that my oldest daughter has been to culinary school and studies Food Service Mangement at College. My husband majored and degreed in Animal Science. I like pork. Therefore, our family has the skills it needs to deal with this.
So now, we are off with our giant ice chest to go get a hog. A whole, uncut, unprocessed hog.
I don’t know about simple, but you can’t get much more natural than that. From land to table in I don’t even know how many steps…but I’m about to learn.
Addendum: I’m not really into hunting myself. I don’t have a problem with it for others as long as you aren’t doing it just for sport. If you kill it, you better eat it or find someone who will. We’re not vegetarians, but as a family we don’t eat much meat at all. It’s too expensive and we have problems with the way animals are treated in today’s food cycle. I guess this is our next step.