Your words hit me on so many levels.
Both my partner and I finding it difficult to take an animals life. Even when we fish.
We are in the midst of talking about a lifestyle change. A piece of land calling our land.
The decision to cultivate it with animals - but then knowing we would end up with "pets". mmmm all in good time. We will find the way.
I think of my grandmother - she grew up on the land - would shoot a crow every year - hang it as a warning to other crows to stay away from her vegies. Shot a dog, no qualms that sounded similar to Leventi in the way he made himself an outsider.
They way she put it was "got to get to work and get on with what needs to be done. No use dilly dallying around it"
You did what had to be done - for you, your father, the village, Leventi and the other animals.
A challenging reality of life on the land rearing animals.
I still have a lump in my throat.
Thank you for being you.