The Way I See It

A Nevispages feature by Curtis Morton Sr.

The way I see it, sometimes you stay in your corner, or remain in your lane, making sure that you don’t interfere with anyone or anything for that matter and still trouble comes knocking at your door.

I was at work on Thursday, when I got a despairing call from my wife.  She told me that some pigs had gotten into our yard.  Now, for the longest while, we have seen some pigs roaming in the area and were told that they were wild pigs – had no owners.

Honestly, it did not really bother me. As far as I was concerned, the nasty critters were existing in their own sphere, but now, invading my property was a totally different scenario.

Well I newa!

My wife is an amazing woman. She had time to send me pictures of two of the creatures, within the gate.  Me? Somebody may have taken a picture of me, grabbing the nearest weapon, to chase them out of the yard!  I even wondered if she sent me the picture to indicate to me that I had left the gate open, when I left for work.  You know women sometimes have a subtle way of sending messages.  Well, I breathed a sigh of relief, when I found out that the gate was indeed closed, but that the worthless creatures had squeezed through the tiny bars, to get in.

She apparently chased them out, but you know those vagabonds returned two or three times later in the day, until she had to bar the gate with pieces of board, to prevent them from getting back into her precious garden?  But that was not all. The most embarrassing part was when a bus driver passed by and asked her: ‘How come you all say you all don’t eat pig and your pigs just gone in your yard?’

When she looked back, the bold brats had reentered the yard!  Now the guy is thinking that Curtis dem raising pigs!

Well I newa!

I am hoping that the authorities would send some help to deal with this problem, because these animals have no owners and are multiplying in the area.  I guess some of you animal rights activists must be saying by now that I sound so insensitive and uncaring.
However, now is as good a time as any, for a teachable moment:  God in his word, was very clear as to how we should deal with certain creatures and which of them we should or should not eat:
Leviticus 11:  ‘

  1. And the LORD Spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
  2. Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
  3. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
  4. Nevertheless, these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
  5. And the Coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
  6. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
  7. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
  8. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.’

Notice carefully, that even though God referred to some of the aforementioned animals as unclean, he took time out for special reference to the swine (pig):  ‘Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.’

Note well, you not only NOT EAT them, but you should not even TOUCH their carcass.


I remember as a Public Health Inspector, witnessing a horrifying experience, as I was doing home visits one day.

Dear reader, if you are eating and reading this, I recommend that you stop eating for a bit……  Well, as I entered this particular yard, I spoke to the lady of the house and told her the purpose of my visit.  I observed that there was a little child seated on a potty in the yard.  She asked to be excused, as she went back inside for something for the child.  In the meantime, the child got up, having completed her ‘tour of duty.’  Out of nowhere, a pig appeared and headed straight for the potty and ate up the contents therein!

When the lady returned and I told her what I just saw, she explained that she ‘tired tell that man (her husband), to tie the pig, especially as he is planning to sell it to the butcher this week, so people could get their pork on Saturday.’

Well I newa!

Of course, I know that I will rub some people the wrong way, but I will not refute God’s word. He made the wonderful bodies that he loaned to us and he of all beings, should know what is good or bad for that body.  Despite that, I have friends, who will say: “I don’t care what you say, pork is sweet and I ain’t going to stop eat it until ah dead.’

Well, the choice is yours and the consequences of that choice are yours as well.  In the meantime, keep “are you” hog dem out me yard!

That’s the way I see it. How do you see it?

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