Thursday, February 08, 2007

Here is my version of the Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there were three little pigs. They each went out to seek their fortune in life.

Pig 1 fell in love with Miss Piggy, much to Kermit’s dismay. However, Miss Piggy didn’t share the same feelings for him and wasn’t very gentle in letting him know she wasn’t interested. Pig 1 took his wounded self-esteem and retreated to a small town in Indiana where he grew yellow corn and white corn, and more corn. It was a meager living, but he was content; no…. he was complacent.

Pig 2 ran for political office three time before being elected as president of the U.S. Pig Party. His dream was to marry an intelligent and beautiful woman with whom he could raise a family. Pig 2 wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box because he was so wrapped up in his hoggish endeavors that he never realized that the lovely and smart, Ms. Stella Swine, loved him dearly and wanted to spend her life with him. She worked right under his snout in the office downstairs.

Pig 3 was a shy pig, not very popular in high school, and didn’t have many friends. He took criticism from his family when he attended cosmetology school in New York City. He worked as a hairstylist at the Pigs Carlton on 5th Avenue. His dream was to someday be a daddy.

Each pig was somewhat happy with his life, but trouble arose when a sheep dressed as a Wolf came knocking at the door with a challenge for each one.

Wolf offered Pig 1 the opportunity to start his own business raising frogs for the local diner but he made the excuse that he didn’t have enough money or education to operate a business. The Wolf tried to convince pig 1 that he could do anything he put his mind to, but Pig 1 had his mind on his corn and on marrying Miss Piggy. “Besides that; you are a wolf and I can’t trust you!”

Wolf offered Pig 2 a blind date with a beautiful sow, but Pig 2 had too many campaigns to run and fundraisers to organize to pay much attention to the wolf. Pig 2 did try to con Wolf into donating money to the Party. Wolf tried again to convince Pig 2 that he was trustworthy when he arranged for Ms. Swine to attend a dinner party in which Pig 2 would be speaking, but never once did Pig 2 even notice Stella.

Wolf brought to Pig 3 a young boy whom he had found sleeping under a downtown bridge. Knowing this would completely change the life of Pig 3 and the child, Wolf hesitantly suggested to Pig 3 that perhaps he would want to let the boy stay with him until he could be adopted or placed in an orphanage. Pig 3 wouldn’t hear of it. Being a pig who never knew his dad, he embraced the opportunity to offer a loving home to a needy boy. He knew that he could make a positive difference, so he took the child in and raised him as his very own.

Ten years later

Pig 1 was still raising corn. He had written Miss Piggy a stack of letters that he never mailed, and bought a few chickens for the farm. Otherwise not much had changed.

Pig 2 went crazy under the pressure of “pork belly” politics and was using the hard-earned money that he’d tucked away in his silk sow’s ear purse for long-term treatment at Charter Chopspital. Ms. Swine married the skinny lawyer on the second floor of the Legislative Building and they now have 2.5 piglets in their pen.

Pig 3 adopted 2 more homeless children and opened a home for runaway piglets. All his children are happy. They also have excellent table manners and the most fashionable hairstyles. Pig 3 found his niche, fulfilled his dream, and lived happily ever after.

Our life experiences filter our ability to see opportunities when they arrive. We’ve been taught to be wary of people who look suspicious or dress differently, or have a lifestyle that doesn’t fit our mold of acceptable behavior.

Great people and great opportunities may present themselves as a challenge or change.

The moral of the story: You can’t judge a sheep by its clothing or a pork by its rind.

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