Dear Curiosity Journal,

Today was the pigs’ last day on the farm, always an uneasy day for me. Earlier this week, we backed the trailer up to their paddock and adjusted the fence, allowing them to wander in and out of the enclosure which will ferry them to the butcher. These few days of familiarity lessen their fear and ultimately make them easier to load up. When I checked on them for the last time, they were all snuggled up together in the trailer, sheltering from the brisk ridgetop winds and my heartstrings unraveled a bit. I blinked back the tears that I told myself were unreasonable. I thanked them for their life, said my goodbyes, and reminded myself again that they lived a quality pig life, they’ll have one bad day, and this is the cycle we sign up for when we raise livestock.