Self sufficiency is the new motto at Wat Opot and the kids are really getting into it; sometimes to the extreme. They clean up after every wedding or funeral in town and bring the cans and plastic back to Wat Opot in exchange for snacks. We in turn sell the trash to the recycler and make plans for another days outing.
A few months ago we were given a baby pig that we decided to feed only table scrapes, which we were told could not be done… but Charley grew as fast, or faster, than the pigs that were fed only expensive feed, much to the surprise of our children and staff, and we didn’t need to spend hardly any money.
Today we got a good offer and although it was not easy to let him go, he weighed in at 112 Kilos which is just a little over what the seller wanted. The seller didn’t want to pay as much for him because of that but we held our ground and they accepted the price of 10,700 Reil or $2.67 per Kilo.
As we were saying our Goodbyes to Charley he dropped a large pile of fecal matter to the ground, perhaps out of gratitude as a gift of compost, but more likely a statement of frustration and anger. The Byer looked at it and then at me and said, “Oh, that is more than a Kilo of shit, so I will pay for only 111 Kilos.”
And I thought I was teaching them how to make money!