Learning about Electricity
I strung the wire along the wall of the piglets barn. It was only one wall. The back one. Two large barn nails were used to affix two plastic insulators to the opposite ends of the wall. The electric fencing wire was strung between the two. At first, the young piglets couldn’t help but be in the way. They mouthed and chewed the wire with great curiosity. They have to check out everything, like little kids.
A pile of muffins was placed in the middle of the barn. This would distract the piglets long enough to get the wire energized and working without them in the way. They began munching away and contented themselves to the delicious treats. I, meanwhile, slipped outside and around the barn. The switch was flipped and the red light began blinking. The fence was now energized and hot.
I grabbed a bucket and went back into the barn. Flipping it over just inside the door I sat down on it and got comfortable. Shortly thereafter the muffins were gone. Just like young children, it was time to investigate things. One by one they slowly approached the back wall to reinvestigate the wire and knobs. Some would even touch it briefly. Not long enough to shock them though. The wait was short lived. Finally, a young female set her moist wet nose tight to the wire. The splintering crack from the arc of electricity was almost as loud as her squeal.
The silence had been broken. One by one the piglets became even more interested in the wire. I suspect they wondered what made their friends jump so hard. One by one they each become a little smarter, and a little stronger. One small step towards greater things.