Pigs in Heaven**

October 15th, 2008

We did our small part for the pigs and deer of the Tierpark: twenty-three kilos of chestnuts for the zoo to turn into animal feed. That’s almost the combined weight of my two sons; had I known that we were so close I would have, for my own perverse satisfaction, tried to equal their weight.

What does twenty-three kilos of chestnuts look like? It looks like this:

and this:

And what do small boys putting the last of their chestnuts into the bag look like? They look like this:

Small Boy* earned 4.60 Swiss Francs, which works out to 20 rappen – about 20 cents US – per kilo, which seems a bit cheap but Small Boy was excited. First he said wanted to use all of his chestnut money for a Lego-Man (he would have been 30 Rappen short, which I would have ponied up), then as we approached the store he said he wanted to put it all in his bank, then he said he wanted to put it in his bank and get a Lego-Man. We finally decided to save half of the money in his bank and put half the money towards a small Matchbox car. He got an ambulance, of course, because he’s all about the Emergency Vehicles. (And yes, he calls them Emergency Vehicles.)

So there you have it. Twenty-three kilos of chestnuts leads to pigs in heaven and one happy boy.

* Previously known as Little Boy A, which was as awkward as Little Boy C.

** edited for clarification as to what we’re planning on doing with those 23 kilos

2 Responses to “Pigs in Heaven**”

  1. magpie on October 18, 2008 8:37 pm

    And what are you going to do with that many chestnuts!! Quite impressive.

  2. Jennifer on October 19, 2008 10:12 am

    We collected them for the zoo – they feed them to the pigs and deer. They do it every autumn. One family there had 200 kilos!!!

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