Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Demise of Pinky Pig
Ellie was three when Aunt Kelley gave her the pig with the bright pink snout. The toy was one of several that she and a friend won at the fair earlier that summer.
Pinky quickly became Ellie's favorite stuffy. Whether she was playing with friends or having dinner with her family, Ellie kept Pinky close by.
Many months passed and Pinky Pig started to show signs of wear. Her coat was dull and polyester protruded from her seams. As time progressed, her condition worsened. It was obvious that Pinky's days were numbered.
In an effort to extend Pinky's life, Ellie's mother added more filling, but to no avail. Pinky's fabric had weakened and her seams gave way. She lost all of the new filling and was no longer the "stuffy" that Ellie once knew.
But Ellie refused to give up on her favorite pink pig. She insisted on taking her everywhere. Before long, it became apparent that the pig's fate was sealed. She had become a mere shell of her original self.
Ellie's loyalty was steadfast as she tucked the gutted lifeless pig inside her purse. Pinky continued to accompany Ellie as she visited friends and went on shopping trips with her mother.
It was one such outing that led to the demise of Pinky Pig.
While shopping at a church sponsored garage sale, Ellie inadvertently left her purse on a sales table. Once they realized what had happened, Ellie's mom asked the sales lady if she had seen it. Ellie and her mom were quite surprised by the answer she gave. Yes, the lady did remember the purse. She sold it to a customer a short time ago. Ellie and her mom looked at each other as they thought about the little, pink, emaciated pig tucked safely inside.