The Princess Pig

Princess the Pig gets a snack.JPG

It is always hard to know what to get for the birthday of a three year old.  Do you purchase more toys? Do you construct something that will last for years? (I should say have your husband construct something….) Should a grandparent buy more books? It is just hard to know.

I asked my daughter in law what she would like my granddaughter to have. It was suggested to look for a piggy bank. When my husband and I went to the store to look for one we were amazed at the variety of banks that are now available to kids…..Elsa banks, Mickey Mouse banks, Darth Vader banks, and the list goes on.

I remember as a kid, having a clear glass piggy bank that had no way to get the money back out. No opening in the bottom with a rubber stopper. We became pretty adept at holding the pig upside-down, sticking a butter knife into the coin slot, wiggling the knife till coins were parallel and then moving the bank “just so” to have the coins slide back out.  This was way better than the alternative which was to just break the bank!

Once our banks did end up hitting the ground and shattering into thousands of tiny pieces our banking consisted of a nestles quick box.  I can still remember the smell of chocolate as we opened it up to add coins to the collection.

In our search for the perfect bank, my husband and I opted for the classic pig bank. This particular one had a slight twist on the classic look — a little blingy crown and a pink tutu. My husband kind of wondered about the “ruffly thing” but I assured him a little girl would be impressed with that.  We also wondered about the durability of a ceramic pig.

When our granddaughter opened her present she was pretty impressed.  She touched the little rhinestones in the crown, smoothed the tutu and started lugging that pig everywhere. She also named this pig, “Princess Pig”.

Our fear about the ceramic construction of the bank was soon put to rest. We saw the pig hit the ground  2-3 times and it stayed in one piece. (that was a huge relief!)  My son is convinced it is not your typical ceramic….I think he might be right.

It was also decided by the three year old that Princess Pig needed a little snack. We laughed when we saw she had put a small plastic ear of corn on the plate. Somewhere along the line the genetics of her farmer granddads is pulling through.

It was so much fun to watch her play with that pig. She carried it everywhere she went. It sat by us as we read books. It watched us as we ate supper. The pig even had a small box made into a bed so it would have a place to sleep.

It is a great lesson to learn from a small granddaughter…..something does not have to be big and it does not have to be spendy in order to be enjoyed.  There is joy to be found in the small things. There is a joy to be found in twinkly pink rhinestones and a ruffly tutu on a ceramic pig.  And there is a great sense of joy to be found in watching your grandchildren enjoy those small things.

May your weekend be filled with a child-like sense of joy and wonder.

“See the world through the eyes of your inner child.
The eyes that sparkle in awe and amazement as they see love, magic and mystery in the most ordinary things.”
Henna Sohail



23 thoughts on “The Princess Pig

  1. PaperPuff says:

    I am pretty sure that if you stick a tutu on anything, anything at all, it suddenly becomes irresistible to little girls! I noticed the corn cob meal and thought that was your or your husband’s choice!

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Life is so much more fun when we “look” through children’s eyes. I have been giving my grands things they really don’t understand but will someday. things that when I’m gone they will know how very much I love them . Also things made especially for them that their mother puts away safely for that some day. ( hopefully she does this.) ps. I love the pink tutu on the piggy bank. Perfect.

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  3. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Oh. My. Word!!! Ohhh I ADORE Princess Pig, and can clearly see why Miss Grandaughter loves her so much. In the mix of her make-up she has YOU, and that mix means that she can see the wonderment and magic in ‘things’. Just like you can see the magical wonderment of a huge Chicken (post a few weeks ago), and why, if he only bought it for you for Christmas – Chicken Grandad couldn’t buy you a more perfect gift! It’s that magicians big of ‘wonderment’ which gives piggy (or chicken) something which none of us can name, but we (who see wonderment) can understand and know about.

    Princess Pig, and her new serverment, have wonderment.
    And I love it, her, little chick and Chicken Grandma, very, very muchly. ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      She is definitely a little chick with lots of imagination. She can create entire dialogs with her little ponies, teddy bears, dolls, and now the princess pig. Some of those conversations are hilarious. She has chicken granddad wrapped around her little finger.

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        It is so funny you say that! Chicken Granddad has already started laughing about how the little chick’s dad will react when she is 16 and there are boys around that are not her relation LOL. She is a sparkplug and just might give her folks a run for it. We are looking forward to it :).


  4. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Princess Pig is quite a pig! And thank goodness she likes corn…she will likely not be running out of treats! After teaching Kindergarten for so long, I sometimes find myself talking to people as if they are five or six year olds! “Outside voices! Please!”…I found myself saying this in an audible voice while waiting in line to purchase my smoked turkey! People were so loud that I couldn’t even think about how good the turkey would be! More importantly, Kindergarten children taught me to always sing and dance like not one person is watching!! That is magically fun!!

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