During college, I worked two summers on a pig farm. It’s still the best job I ever had because of Brown Kimbrough, the man I worked for.
Fifteen things I learned:
- Ten- and twelve-hour work days go by quickly when you’re discing a field on a tractor, and not so quickly when you’re standing ankle deep in pig muck.
- Even when you’re making less than minimum wage, you can save money because you’re too tired and busy to spend it.
- Few people will want to be around you anyway.
- One shower will not remove the smell of pig shit from a person’s skin.
- Two showers won’t guarantee it either.
- Sixteen-ounce bottles of Mountain Dew taste like nectar on a hot July afternoon in a pig lot.
- Castrating pigs is a great way to understand the concept of empathy.
- Young pigs have a high mortality rate.
- Dead pigs must be removed quickly from pens.
- If you leave a dead pig in a pen overnight because you’re tired of dealing with carcasses, your problem will be solved when you come back the next day. Nothing will be left.
- Pigs are cannibals.
- When you go back the next morning, you’ll swear the pigs are eyeing you hungrily.
- Somewhere in the distance, a dog howls.
- Seriously, don’t leave dead pigs overnight.
- Someday, you’ll be able to use this information in a book.