Thursday, May 20, 2010

Les Trois Petits Cochons

So here is my story of Les Trois Petits Cochons. In my past life as an uptight overachiever, I never would have imagined that these would have ever ended up living here with us, but I was drawn to them by the touching story that brought them into my family's possession.

One day, after work, my Great-Grandma Lucy walked home from the diner she owned to get my Grandma Ila, who at the time, was her next door neighbor. She told Grandma Ila that she had a surprise for her, and that they needed to drive back to pick it up. 

When she saw the pigs, Grandma Ila was overcome with emotion. Her mother had replaced the three little pigs she'd been forced to leave behind as a child when they left the Great Plains during the Great Depression. After all that time, her mom had remembered! 

So now, maybe 40 years later, they are city pigs, living on my tiny stage.

Obviously, I'm not afraid to call a pig a garden pig, but in this case, these pigs have a new life as Les Trois Petits Cochons for a reason. My husband (the Chef)—after we'd both noticed that the pigs were 100% male from behind—chose to name them after three famous French chefs. Having them here with us assures me that all of our parties will have only the finest food, and the best of company. The garden cats aren't too bad either for company though. This is Meng (a neighbor cat) trying to teach his friends to walk.


  1. Awww, you got a picture of my dopey cat! zomg kittiez!

    Figures that he'd try to teach stone pigs to walk.

  2. Great story ! Loved it, things in our gardens and homes that bring back memories are priceless, take care ! Gina

  3. A great story all around. Thanks for sharing it. Long live the pigs!

  4. I like your pigs! And I like their French connection, too. I have two unreal rabbits in my garden: they're a little twee and don't really go with my plant style (such as is is!), but they hold warm memories, so they stay.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

  5. I'm not much for garden statuary, but those are awfully cute, and I would have to make an exception.


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