My publisher asked me to submit 10 questions folks should be asking about the financial reform bill (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act).
"Drop it," says Virginia. "No one wants to read about that."
I know. I wasn't going to write about that. Here are my 10 questions.
1. So you raised turkeys for 5 1/2 months. Where are they now? -- In our freezer.
2. You didn't! How could you? I thought they were pets. -- They were never pets.
3. But, what did it feel like? -- Not good. I'm glad it's over.
4. Are you glad you did it? -- Yes, it was an important experience. It brought into focus what's really behind those neat meat counter packages that mislead us into forgetting what we're buying.
5. I don't want to get that close. Must I? -- No, that's totally up to you, but don't tell me I'm heartless or I'll tell you a thing or two.
6. Do you think your frozen packages had a better life than those in the meat counters? -- Yes, definitely. They lived in a pasture under the sun, free to run around and eat bugs, worms, crabapples and other things. They even got hugs once in a while.
7. Right, like turkeys care. They don't, do they? -- I have no idea, but I care. (And if I ever come back as a turkey, I definitely don't want to be packed in a factory with 50,000 others so tightly I can hardly move.)
8. I hate to come back to this, but what was it like watching them die? -- No fun. I held their feet tightly, hoping my touch might help them through it, sort of like holding hands.
9. Did you do the deed? -- Actually no, although I might as well have since my eating caused it. A friend of ours with experience in Africa accepted the honor.
10. Will you be raising turkeys next year? -- Maybe, but definitely not as many as the 19 we did this year.
Different strokes for different folks
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