Book In Common: The Old Woman and Her Pig; Or, How the Old Woman Got Home That Night

I have not had time to get to another Book In Common for a while, busy, busy, busy.  I’ve been reading a book of Phillip K. Dick short stories, but I know those are too scary for you. This morning while I was writing an update on the Cal Water rate hike, it occurred to me – time for a good old folk tale. Folk and fairy tales are a way of passing along values. Here’s a story about the value of persistence, which, if you haven’t heard lately, is it’s own reward.  

I bet a lot of you recognize this book - still in print by the way. I got mine from Uncle Dryden when I was just old enough to read, about six.

I bet a lot of you recognize this book – still in print by the way. I got mine from Uncle Dryden when I was just old enough to read, about five or six. It’s a perfect book for the young reader, it starts with a rebus (story that uses pictures for some words) of “Little Red Hen”. 

There are a lot of good stories in my Better Homes and Gardens Story Book, but the one I come back to again and again is “The Old Woman and Her Pig,” or, “How the Old Woman Got Home That Night.”

Here's the simple line illustration - there she is, and there's that dam-ned pig!

Here’s the simple line illustration – there she is, and there’s that dam-ned pig!

This is a story that has shaped my life. I know that’s why my uncle gave me the book – it is full of lessons you never forget. So, this week, I’m going to indulge myself, and all of you, in a lesson that should be learned in childhood – Don’t be a sap! Don’t give up so easy!

But for now, I have a pile of housework – ta ta! 

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