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Bacon 'n Eggs

A photo of DianeWe own no domestic animals on our Back 40 - supposedly because we want to 'keep it wild' but ALSO because neither of us are good at animal tendin'.

That doesn't mean I don't get tempted from time to time - but sometimes I believe it's by the idea more than the reality.

For example, I could start small, with the acquisition of a pot-bellied pig and a chicken.

When one owns pets, one has license to fly with their names. Livestock are no different.

I would name the pig 'Ham' and the chicken 'Eggs', so that in the morning I could awaken neighbors with the feeding call of 'Ham 'n Eggs: come and get it!"

I had believed my notion unique: so imagine my surprise when i discovered some of my rural neighbors more serious about 4H indeed chose names (if they named at all) relating to food.

Thus one neighbor's 4H kids proudly reared the prize-winning Pork Chop and Hamburger, another fattened up Pot Roast, and a third enjoyed the too-brief company of Shank the Lamb.

Names: they really pinpoint your future role in life.

Just ask Bacon, Pork Chop and Hamburger...