Today has been highly anticipated by the children. We’ve counted down the days, discussed the events, and even watched the weather. After spending the last few years going to the LA County fair, and having so much fun going, (last year I was 40 weeks pregnant with Gabe!) we all could not wait to go to the fair in this new county we live in. So chores done, Eric home from work early and lunch gobbled down, we headed to the fair.
It was smaller than where we were last year. But I don’t think the children minded. I gave them each $5.00 to spend however they wished. I did this for two reasons. One, they think they are SO rich and I enjoy seeing them so excited and two, then they don’t ask me to buy everything and go on every ride. It’s their money to spend on whatever they want, and they are very careful to spend it wisely. Laura went on a ride, Ben bought kettle corn, Michael bought cotton candy, and Josh and Maryann bought a sucker and went on a ride.
But the most exciting event of the day was when Eric bought a pig. This has been a lifelong goal for Eric. When he was in the third grade, he had decided that he was going to grow up and buy livestock at the fair from the 4-H kids. So here he was tonight, bidding away on a pig. A very large pig. He chose this pig because it was the only pig for sale from the little city where he works. There was an auction with a real auctioneer. The children were a little confused at first. They thought we were going to be bringing this pig home. Josh even informed Eric when we got into the car that we had forgot the pig. So Eric carefully explained to them that the next time they would see this pig is on their plate before they eat it. Our poor little boys. They were so torn. Do we keep the pig as a pet, or do we eat it??? They all LOVE to eat, but were all hoping to have a new pet to. But to the slaughterhouse the pig went. All 300+ pounds of him. So looks like we’ll be eating bacon for awhile. I of course am very naive in this whole event. I have never been to a livestock auction, never bought an animal to be butchered, and never given any of this any thought.