We were driving through the country and I noticed we were coming up on a pig farm with several large smiley face signs. The place was called “Ziggy’s Piggies,” kind of a fun little landmark in the middle of cow pasture.
So I mentioned this to my three-year-old, thinking he would get a kick out of it. He was silent, so I thought he was just taking in the scenery, but when I looked in the back seat his expression was that of horror and disgust as we passed the pig farm.
“What?” I demanded, suddenly concerned.
“Piggies, Mom? Like… feet?”
And then I remembered, just that morning, grabbing his little toes to play, “This little piggy.” Just imagine where his little mind was going, envisioning a piggy farm. I guess we give our kids conflicting information all the time without even realizing it.
10 months ago